Purchasing Assistant Salary (United States)

Salaries for Purchasing Assistants in the United States sit in the ballpark of $14.52 per hour. The range in pay spans from $10.93 per hour to $18.41. Cash earnings—including $2,487 in bonuses and $2,043 profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale—generally stretch from $26,694 to $48,694 depending on individual performance. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; most claim both medical and dental insurance and 44 percent get vision coverage. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Purchasing Assistants making up 75 percent of workers. The majority of Purchasing Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Purchasing Assistant Salary (?
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$26,694 - $48,694
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MEDIAN: $35,914
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Purchasing Assistant Salary (?
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$10.93 - $18.41
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,694 - $48,694  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,487  
Profit Sharing
$354.79 - $2,043  
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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$24,240 - $43,980  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 454
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.93 - $18.41  
   
Overtime
$15.64 - $26.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,487  
   
Profit Sharing
$354.79 - $2,043  
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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$24,240 - $43,980  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 788
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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 may experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Purchasing Manager may bring in a lot more money — an additional $27K annually. Purchasing Assistants typically move into roles as Buyers or Non-Farm Products Purchasing Agents, where they can expect an extra $12,688 or $9,683 per year.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Assistant

Survey results imply that Purchasing Assistants put a diverse skill set to use. Organizing is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Inventory Management. Those educated in Data Entry tend to be well-versed 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.
For Purchasing Assistants, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Starting at around $33K, salaries see a boost to $34K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $36K. Though minimal, Purchasing Assistants continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $39K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; most of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$33,000
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Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, Purchasing Assistants in Atlanta receive some of the highest pay in the country. Minneapolis, Chicago, San Diego, and Houston are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Purchasing Assistants earning around 14 percent, 13 percent, 8 percent, and 6 percent more than average. Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas. Below-median salaries also turn up in Miami and Los Angeles (-7 percent and -5 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Purchasing Assistant Salaries

National Average
$33,000

Skills That Affect Purchasing Assistant Salaries

Organizing
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Purchasing
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Microsoft Office
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$33,000
Microsoft Excel
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Inventory Control
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Data Entry
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Order Inventory
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 268 votes.

Gender

Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 19%
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