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Purchasing Coordinator Salary

An average Purchasing Coordinator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $42K per year. Total cash compensation to Purchasing Coordinators bottoms out near $30K and approaches $56K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Purchasing Coordinators making up 73 percent. Most Purchasing Coordinators like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,956 - $58,623
(Median)
$32K
$42K
$59K
MEDIAN: $42,122
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$13.25 - $22.05
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$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,956 - $58,623  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,854  
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $9,787  
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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$30,177 - $55,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 526
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.25 - $22.05  
   
Overtime
$19.37 - $32.87  
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.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,854  
   
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $9,787  
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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$30,177 - $55,920  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 363

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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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Though some Purchasing Coordinators move into positions like Purchasing Manager (where the average salary is $60K), this progression is not the norm. As Purchasing Coordinators progress in their field, many go on to become Inventory Coordinators. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $37K. Another common career choice for Purchasing Coordinators is to move into a Buyer role — this promotion usually pays $46K.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Coordinator


Purchasing Coordinators generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Negotiation, Microsoft Excel, and Vendor Relations are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SAP Materials Management. Most people experienced in Inventory Management also know Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Coordinator

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


Purchasing Coordinators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $39K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. Purchasing Coordinators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $44K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Purchasing Coordinators, busy Austin offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Purchasing Coordinators will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+20 percent), Houston (+19 percent), New York (+16 percent), and Cincinnati (+13 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Miami and Milwaukee are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Coordinator Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Purchasing Coordinator Salaries

Budget Management
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Vendor Relations
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Inventory Management
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Order Inventory
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National Average
$41,000

Accounts Payable
up arrow 2%

Purchasing
up arrow 3%

SAP Materials Management (SAP MM)
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 183 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 13%