Purchasing Clerk Salary

Average Purchasing Clerks in the United States make around $14.39 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $10.89 per hour and $18.83. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Roughly a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. Female Purchasing Clerks make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,125 - $51,363
(Median)
$26K
$37K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,743
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$10.89 - $18.83
(Median)
$11
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,125 - $51,363  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
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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$23,843 - $44,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 148
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.89 - $18.83  
   
Overtime
$15.40 - $27.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,517  
   
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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$23,843 - $44,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 354
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Purchasing Clerks move into roles as Purchasing Managers, where pay is an average $60K per year. A common career progression for a Purchasing Clerk is to become a Buyer or a Purchasing Supervisor. Compared to Purchasing Clerks, the first group earns $14K more on average, and the second group earns $18K more.

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Purchasing Clerks typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Inventory Control, Microsoft Excel, and Purchasing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $31K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $34K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $36K in this role. Purchasing Clerks who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $35K.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Clerk Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Purchasing Clerk Salaries

Order Inventory
up arrow 12%

Inventory Control
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Purchasing
0%

National Average
$32,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 20%
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