Purchasing Clerk Salary

Median pay for Purchasing Clerks in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $14.74 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $11.32 per hour and $19.02. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Purchasing Clerks. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Female Purchasing Clerks make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$26,020 - $51,049
(Median)
$26K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,133
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90%

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$11.32 - $19.02
(Median)
$11
$15
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$26,020 - $51,049  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,576  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$24,434 - $43,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$11.32 - $19.02  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $27.12  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,576  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$24,434 - $43,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 383
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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 not the most common occurrence, Purchasing Clerks sometimes become Purchasing Managers, where the average income is $61K per year. Moving from a Purchasing Clerk to Buyer or Purchasing Assistant is a more common career path, however.

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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Inventory Control, Microsoft Excel, and Purchasing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Outlook and 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $32K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $34K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $36K in this role. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $33K.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Clerk Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Late-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Purchasing Clerk Salaries

Order Inventory
up arrow 11%

Inventory Control
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$33,000

Purchasing
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Outlook
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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