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Purchasing Clerk Salary

Purchasing Clerks in the United States can expect wages of $14.21 per hour on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Purchasing Clerks survey respondents are women (75 percent). Some workers in this field — about a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$25,341 - $52,821
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MEDIAN: $36,349
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$10.90 - $18.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,341 - $52,821  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $4,069  
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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$23,626 - $43,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.90 - $18.50  
   
Overtime
$15.49 - $25.89  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $4,069  
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).
)
$23,626 - $43,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 363
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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 do not often transition into Purchasing Supervisor roles. The role averages $50K per year. More commonly, Purchasing Clerks become Buyers or Purchasing Assistants.

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Purchasing Clerks typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Microsoft Excel, Purchasing, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $30K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $34K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $36K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $35K.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Clerk Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Purchasing Clerk Salaries

Order Inventory
up arrow 15%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Purchasing
0%

National Average
$32,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 20%