Purchasing Coordinator Salary

Pay for Purchasing Coordinators in the United States sits in the ballpark of $42K annually. In the world of Purchasing Coordinators, total cash compensation can vary between $31K and $55K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $8K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Purchasing Coordinators survey respondents are women (71 percent). Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,768 - $57,273
(Median)
$33K
$42K
$57K
MEDIAN: $42,072
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$13.49 - $22.16
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,768 - $57,273  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,639  
Profit Sharing
$146.81 - $8,477  
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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$30,565 - $55,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 617
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.49 - $22.16  
   
Overtime
$19.50 - $33.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,639  
   
Profit Sharing
$146.81 - $8,477  
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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$30,565 - $55,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 473
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Job Description for Purchasing Coordinator

A purchasing coordinator is responsible for routine and impromptu purchases made by a company from its affiliated vendors. This includes the duties of preparing and processing purchase orders or purchase requests, keeping records of purchases, keeping vendor information up to date, providing training on related applications and policies, and preparing descriptions and bids when necessary. A purchasing coordinator facilitates the acquisition of company supplies and equipment and ensures that vital inventory is kept in stock. Once an order is placed with a vendor, the purchasing coordinator will schedule delivery of the desired items and ensure that the purchase is properly documented and recorded. The purchasing coordinator will guarantee that materials, supplies, and equipment orders are placed in a timely fashion so that the company does not suffer a shortage. The job requires communicating with representatives in other departments of the company for supply orders, keeping those employees up to date on the status of orders that have already been placed, and assisting with any necessary returns. The purchasing coordinator will work closely with the accounting department to resolve problems with invoices and set up accounts with new vendors, and will be the point of contact within the company for any vendor inquiries or issues. No college degree is required to work as a purchasing coordinator, but a successful applicant will have a high school diploma and experience working in a related position. Good communication skills and attention to detail are necessary, and a purchasing coordinator should have no trouble operating standard office equipment including computers, fax machines, and scanners or copiers.


Purchasing Coordinator Tasks

  • Authorize payments, returns of merchandise, and pricing.
  • Organize and locate inventory in databases and online systems.
  • Coordinating and managing all activities during the purchasing process, such as creating purchase orders, monitoring transportation and invoice creation and follow-through.
  • Analyze and monitor internal, economic, and consumer trends to forecast sales and inventory.

Common Career Paths for Purchasing Coordinator


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While Purchasing Coordinators do not often become Purchasing Managers, the job pays $61K per year on average. An Inventory Coordinator role is the most common promotion for Purchasing Coordinators moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $37K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Purchasing Coordinators is a Buyer position, where earnings are usually $46K.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Coordinator


Survey results imply that Purchasing Coordinators deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Budget Management, Microsoft Excel, and Negotiation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SAP Materials Management, Purchasing, and Inventory Control. Those familiar with Inventory Management also tend to know Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Coordinator

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


For Purchasing Coordinators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $39K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $42K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Purchasing Coordinators with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $45K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,527

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For Purchasing Coordinators, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Purchasing Coordinators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+24 percent), Chicago (+20 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 9 percent below the national average.

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What is it like working as a Purchasing Coordinator?

Purchasing Coordinator in Toledo:
Pros: The thing I like the most about my job is that everyday is different. Some days are busier than others. With the purchasing coordinator role, I get the interact with all my co workers, and not just certain areas. In addition, I get a better insight of all the aspects of my company and not just one side.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Coordinator Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Purchasing Coordinator Salaries

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 11%

Budget Management
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Negotiation
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Inventory Management
0%

Vendor Relations
0%

National Average
$41,000

Order Inventory
up arrow 1%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 3%

Inventory Control
up arrow 5%

Purchasing
up arrow 7%

SAP Materials Management (SAP MM)
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 195 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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