Purchasing Clerk Salary

Median pay for Purchasing Clerks in the United States is around $14.74 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $11.32 per hour and $19.02. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Purchasing Clerks survey respondents are women (77 percent). The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,020 - $51,049
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,133
10%
50%
90%

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$11.32 - $19.02
(Median)
$11
$15
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,020 - $51,049  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,576  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$24,434 - $43,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.32 - $19.02  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $27.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,576  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$24,434 - $43,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 383
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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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Purchasing Clerks sometimes assume positions such as Purchasing Managers. That role pays $61K per year on average. However, becoming a Buyer or Purchasing Assistant is a more frequent transition for Purchasing Clerks.

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Purchasing Clerks seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Inventory Control, Microsoft Excel, and Purchasing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Office. Microsoft Excel and Purchasing are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Clerk

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $32K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $34K. Purchasing Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $36K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $33K.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Clerk Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Purchasing Clerk Salaries

Order Inventory
up arrow 11%

Inventory Control
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$33,000

Purchasing
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Outlook
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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