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Purchasing Clerk Salary

Purchasing Clerks in the United States take home approximately $14.29 per hour on average. Earnings sit near $10.90 per hour on the lower side but can approach $18.76 on the higher side. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Purchasing Clerks making up 74 percent. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$25,468 - $51,773
(Median)
$25K
$36K
$52K
MEDIAN: $36,141
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90%

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$10.90 - $18.76
(Median)
$11
$14
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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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
$25,468 - $51,773  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
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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$23,789 - $43,970  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 147
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.90 - $18.76  
   
Overtime
$15.53 - $26.80  
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 - $2,500  
   
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).
)
$23,789 - $43,970  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 342

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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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It's not very common for Purchasing Clerks to move on to become Purchasing Supervisors. Average pay for a Purchasing Supervisor is $50K annually. A more common career path for Purchasing Clerks is stepping into the role of Buyer or Purchasing Assistant.

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Purchasing Clerks note just a narrow range of job skills. 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. 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $30K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $34K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Purchasing Clerks who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $36K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $35K.

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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 7%

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
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 20%
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