Purchasing Clerk Salary

Purchasing Clerks in the United States can expect wages of $14.41 per hour on average. Pay ranges from $10.87 per hour on the low end to $18.79 on the high end. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Purchasing Clerks making up 75 percent. A fair number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Though the majority of Purchasing Clerks do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$25,934 - $51,300

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$10.87 - $18.79

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$25,934 - $51,300  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,513  
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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$23,872 - $44,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.87 - $18.79  
   
Overtime
$15.28 - $27.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,513  
   
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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$23,872 - $44,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 358
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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. Typical career progression for a Purchasing Clerk involves becoming a Buyer or a Purchasing Supervisor, roles that pay $14K more and $18K more on average.

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Purchasing Clerks report using a diverse set of skills 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. Purchasing is a skill commonly found among those who know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Clerk

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $34K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Purchasing Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $36K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $35K.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Clerk Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

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
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 20%
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