Purchasing Assistant Salary

Earnings for Purchasing Assistants in the United States come in at around $14.62 per hour on average. Final cash compensation to Purchasing Assistants varies from around $25K to approximately $45K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $3K and $2K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Purchasing Assistants survey respondents are women (74 percent). Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,488 - $49,497
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,284
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$11.19 - $18.75
(Median)
$11
$15
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,488 - $49,497  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $2,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,644 - $44,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 463
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.19 - $18.75  
   
Overtime
$15.81 - $27.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $2,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,644 - $44,732  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 830
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Job Description for Purchasing Assistant

An purchasing assistant helps to purchase products for their company to use or sell. They must be aware of stock and inventory at all times, as well as general sales and revenue trends (such as what is selling well or poorly). A purchasing assistant may be in charge of choosing which products to stock in inventory, as well as forming relationships with distributors and manufacturers.

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Purchasing Assistant Tasks

  • Manage goods throughout the purchasing/receiving process.
  • Maintain accurate records related to purchases.
  • Issue purchase orders.
  • Confirm accuracy of orders.

Common Career Paths for Purchasing Assistant


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Purchasing Assistants who go on to become Purchasing Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Purchasing Managers is $60K annually. It is quite typical for Purchasing Assistants to transition into roles as Buyers or Purchasing Agents, where reported median earnings are $13K and $10K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Assistant


Purchasing Assistants generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Accounts Payable, Organizing, Microsoft Office, and Purchasing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Order Inventory. It is often found that people who know Data Entry are also skilled in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Purchasing Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $32K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $34K. Purchasing Assistants see a median salary of $36K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $37K.

Pay Difference by Location


Austin is home to an above-average pay rate for Purchasing Assistants, 25 percent higher than the national average. Purchasing Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+19 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Minneapolis (+11 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Phoenix is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Miami (7 percent less) and Los Angeles (6 percent less).

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Experience Affects Purchasing Assistant Salaries




National Average
$33,000


Skills That Affect Purchasing Assistant Salaries

Accounts Payable
up arrow 12%

Organizing
up arrow 12%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Purchasing
0%

National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Inventory Control
up arrow 2%

Inventory Management
up arrow 2%

Order Inventory
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 248 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 20%
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