Purchasing Clerk Salary
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.
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.Read More...
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally the minimum educational requirement for this position. Although a postsecondary degree is often preferred, equivalent previous purchasing and/or shipping and receiving experience may be accepted in lieu of experience. The purchasing clerk must possess excellent oral and written communication skills, maintain a friendly and professional demeanor at all times, and be proficient with basic computer programs such as the Microsoft Office software suite; knowledge of purchasing programs is preferred.
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
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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