Purchasing Clerk Salary

Median pay for Purchasing Clerks in the United States is around $15.15 per hour. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Purchasing Clerks survey respondents are women (74 percent). A fair number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Purchasing Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$26,734 - $49,731
$27K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,324
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50%
90%

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$11.43 - $19.57
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.15
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,734 - $49,731  
   
Bonus
$250.00 - $4,953  
Total Pay (?
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$24,539 - $45,313  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.43 - $19.57  
   
Overtime
$14.86 - $29.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$250.00 - $4,953  
   
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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$24,539 - $45,313  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 265

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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

  • Issue purchase orders.
  • Confirm accuracy of orders.
  • Manage goods throughout the purchasing/receiving process.
  • Maintain accurate records related to purchases.

Common Career Paths for Purchasing Clerk


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Purchasing Clerks may progress into high-paying roles like Purchasing Manager, where median compensation is $61K annually. Typical career progression for a Purchasing Clerk involves becoming a Buyer or a Purchasing Coordinator, roles that pay $14K more and $6K more on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Clerk

Pay by Experience for a Purchasing Clerk has a positive trend. An entry-level Purchasing Clerk with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 215 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Purchasing Clerk with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 105 salaries. An experienced Purchasing Clerk which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 74 salaries. A Purchasing Clerk with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 32 salaries.

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Key Stats for Purchasing Clerk

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Purchasing Clerk Salaries

▲15%

▲11%

▼0%

National Average
$33,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Purchasing Clerk Salaries

Order Inventory
▲38%

Vendor Relations
▲10%

Inventory Control
▲6%

▲2%


National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Outlook
▼6%

Microsoft Office
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 19%