Earnings for Purchasing Clerks in the United States come in at around $15.04 per hour on average. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Purchasing Clerks making up 74 percent. For the most part, Purchasing Clerks enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,584 - $48,853
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,510
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90%

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$11.45 - $19.07
(Median)
$11
$15
$19
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,584 - $48,853  
   
Bonus
$201.34 - $5,034  
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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$24,375 - $43,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.45 - $19.07  
   
Overtime
$14.49 - $27.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$201.34 - $5,034  
   
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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$24,375 - $43,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Purchasing Manager. The latter position pays an average of $61K annually. Purchasing Clerks most often move into positions as Buyers or Purchasing Coordinators; those groups report median salaries that are $14K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $32K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $32K. Purchasing Clerks bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Purchasing Clerks reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $37K.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$33,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%


Skills That Affect Purchasing Clerk Salaries

Order Inventory
up arrow 11%

Inventory Control
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Purchasing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Outlook
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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