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Purchasing Clerk Salary

Pay for Purchasing Clerks in the United States sits in the ballpark of $14.37 per hour. Pay ranges from $11.00 per hour on the low end to $18.68 on the high end. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Female Purchasing Clerks make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$25,426 - $52,585
(Median)
$25K
$36K
$53K
MEDIAN: $36,042
10%
50%
90%

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$11.00 - $18.68
(Median)
$11
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$25,426 - $52,585  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,496  
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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$23,906 - $43,650  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$11.00 - $18.68  
   
Overtime
$15.54 - $26.77  
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.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,496  
   
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).
)
$23,906 - $43,650  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 344

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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 Supervisors, where pay is an average $50K per year. However, Purchasing Clerks typically graduate to Buyers or Purchasing Assistants.

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Job skills reported by Purchasing Clerks are limited. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Microsoft Excel, Purchasing, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office. Aptitude in Microsoft Excel tends to also indicate an understanding of Purchasing.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Clerk

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $30K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $34K. Purchasing Clerks who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $36K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $35K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Clerk Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Purchasing Clerk Salaries

Order Inventory
up arrow 13%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Purchasing
0%

National Average
$32,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 19%