Purchasing Coordinator Salary (United States)

For Purchasing Coordinators, yearly wages usually total $40,125 annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $30,045 to $55,228 per year. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Female Purchasing Coordinators make up most of the field at 75 percent. For the most part, Purchasing Coordinators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Purchasing Coordinator Salary (?
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$31,126 - $58,273
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MEDIAN: $41,427
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Purchasing Coordinator Salary (?
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$13.18 - $21.81
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,126 - $58,273  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,516  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $8,187  
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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$30,045 - $55,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 474
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $21.81  
   
Overtime
$18.42 - $32.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,516  
   
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $8,187  
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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$30,045 - $55,228  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 334
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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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Purchasing Coordinators who advance into the role of a Purchasing Manager—while rather uncommon—bring in an extra $19,875 per year. As Purchasing Coordinators progress in their field, many go on to become Inventory Coordinators. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, despite the $3,299 drop in pay. Another common career choice for Purchasing Coordinators is to move into a Buyer role—this promotion comes with a pay raise of $5,298.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Coordinator

Survey results suggest that Purchasing Coordinators use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Budget Management and Negotiation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 13 percent and 6 percent respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include SAP Materials Management (SAP MM). Those educated in Inventory Management tend to be well-versed in Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Coordinator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Purchasing Coordinators, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $38K; however, pay rises to approximately $41K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $42K after 10 to 20 years. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Purchasing Coordinators tend to earn $44K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; a majority of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$40,000
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Miami
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Purchasing Coordinators will find that Austin offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 22 percent. Purchasing Coordinators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Dallas (+11 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). Miami is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Coordinator Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Purchasing Coordinator Salaries

Budget Management
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Vendor Relations
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Microsoft Excel
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Inventory Management
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Order Inventory
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$40,000
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SAP Materials Management (SAP MM)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 12%