Purchasing Clerk Salary

Median pay for Purchasing Clerks in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $14.35 per hour. Earnings sit near $10.85 per hour on the lower side but can approach $18.70 on the higher side. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — about one in five — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. Most Purchasing Clerks survey respondents are women (74 percent). Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$25,867 - $51,322
(Median)
$26K
$37K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,647
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$10.85 - $18.70
(Median)
$11
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,867 - $51,322  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,513  
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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$23,739 - $44,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.85 - $18.70  
   
Overtime
$15.58 - $27.11  
National Annualized 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$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,513  
   
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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$23,739 - $44,255  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 350
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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

  • 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 Clerk


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There are some Purchasing Clerks — though it's uncommon — that transition into Purchasing Managers, where earnings are an average $60K annually. Buyers or Purchasing Supervisors are common next-step roles for Purchasing Clerks moving up in their careers; annual pay for Buyers is $14K higher on average, and it's $18K higher for Purchasing Supervisors.

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Purchasing Clerks report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Microsoft Excel, Purchasing, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Office. Experience with Microsoft Excel is often linked with knowledge of Purchasing.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Clerk

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $34K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $36K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $35K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Clerk Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Purchasing Clerk Salaries

Order Inventory
up arrow 13%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Purchasing
0%

National Average
$32,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 20%
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