For Purchasing Clerks, hourly average wages total $15.10 per hour. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Purchasing Clerks is high. Female Purchasing Clerks make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$27,055 - $49,752
$27K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,294
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50%
90%

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$11.49 - $19.21
$11
$15
$19
MEDIAN: $15.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,055 - $49,752  
   
Bonus
$250.00 - $4,953  
Total Pay (?
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$24,670 - $44,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.49 - $19.21  
   
Overtime
$14.67 - $27.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$250.00 - $4,953  
   
Total Pay (?
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$24,670 - $44,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 267

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Job Description for Purchasing Clerk

The purchasing clerk maintains the backstock of product for resale following the general purchasing policies of their company. They are responsible for procuring a wide range of product at optimal prices (with varying lead times) so that no item is ever out of stock. The purchasing clerk must work closely with the warehouse and suppliers to ensure a smooth supply chain. Additionally, it is the responsibility of the purchasing clerk to stay up to date on the stock of the various suppliers and make decisions accordingly; for example, if a supplier runs out of a specific product, the purchasing clerk may assist the purchasing manager in finding a new source. The purchasing clerk is responsible for maintaining files on all vendors and product purchased. All received products must be reconciled with the purchase orders issued, and the purchasing clerk is responsible for resolving any shortage or pricing issues that arise from an order in a timely fashion.

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Purchasing Clerk Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Purchasing Clerk


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Purchasing Clerks who go on to become Purchasing Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Purchasing Managers is $61K annually. Typical career progression for a Purchasing Clerk involves becoming a Buyer or a Purchasing Coordinator, roles that pay $14K more and $6K more on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Clerk

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Purchasing Clerks — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $32K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $33K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $37K in this role. Purchasing Clerks who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $39K.

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Key Stats for Purchasing Clerk

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Purchasing Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$33,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%


Skills That Affect Purchasing Clerk Salaries

Order Inventory
up arrow 39%

Vendor Relations
up arrow 11%

Inventory Control
up arrow 8%



National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Outlook
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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