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Purchasing Coordinator Salary

Purchasing Coordinators in the United States take home approximately $42K per year on average. Overall cash earnings for Purchasing Coordinators stretch from $30K on the lower end to $55K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $9K from profit sharing. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Purchasing Coordinators make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Purchasing Coordinators is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$31,399 - $57,903
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MEDIAN: $41,687
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$13.38 - $21.99
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,399 - $57,903  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,792  
Profit Sharing
$406.95 - $9,000  
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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$30,221 - $55,349  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 492
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.38 - $21.99  
   
Overtime
$18.72 - $32.82  
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 - $4,792  
   
Profit Sharing
$406.95 - $9,000  
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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$30,221 - $55,349  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 340
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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 not commonly seen, Purchasing Coordinators who transition into a Purchasing Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Purchasing Managers is $60K per year. Going from Purchasing Coordinator to Inventory Coordinator is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Inventory Coordinators is $37K. Many others choose to work as Buyers, where pay is typically $46K.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Coordinator


Purchasing Coordinators report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Negotiation, Microsoft Excel, and Vendor Relations are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SAP Materials Management. 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.


Purchasing Coordinators do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $39K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $41K. Purchasing Coordinators bring in $43K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $44K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 18 percent, Purchasing Coordinators in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Purchasing Coordinators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+17 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), Austin (+14 percent), and Dallas (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Miami and 3 percent less in Milwaukee, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Purchasing Coordinator Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Purchasing Coordinator Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 12%

Negotiation
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Inventory Management
up arrow 1%

Vendor Relations
up arrow 1%

Order Inventory
0%

National Average
$40,000

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Purchasing
up arrow 3%

SAP Materials Management (SAP MM)
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 11%