Purchasing Coordinators in the United States pull down an average of $43K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $11K, respectively — total cash payment to Purchasing Coordinators can bottom out near $30K or peak near $54K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. More than half of Purchasing Coordinators (68 percent) survey participants are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Purchasing Coordinators. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,073 - $56,075
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$33K
$43K
$56K
MEDIAN: $42,747
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$13.13 - $21.60
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$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$33,073 - $56,075  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,890  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,478  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$30,168 - $54,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 447
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.13 - $21.60  
   
Overtime
$19.12 - $31.12  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,890  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,478  
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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$30,168 - $54,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 362
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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 transition into a Procurement Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $77K per year. The most common promotion for Purchasing Coordinators is Purchasing Manager, a position that typically pays $61K annually. Another standard transition for Purchasing Coordinators seeking advancement is to assume an Inventory Coordinator role, where pay is often $37K.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Coordinator


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Vendor Management, Budget Management, Procurement, and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SAP Materials Management and Data Entry. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Purchasing Coordinators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. 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. For Purchasing Coordinators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $45K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $47K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,443

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For Purchasing Coordinators, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Purchasing Coordinators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+26 percent), Austin (+23 percent), Miami (+8 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). Indianapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 5 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
$40,000


Skills That Affect Purchasing Coordinator Salaries

Vendor Management
up arrow 18%

Budget Management
up arrow 11%

Procurement
up arrow 10%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 8%

Inventory Management
up arrow 1%

Vendor Relations
0%

Negotiation
0%

Customer Service
0%

Inventory Control
0%

National Average
$40,000

Purchasing
up arrow 1%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Order Inventory
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Data Entry
up arrow 8%

SAP Materials Management (SAP MM)
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 122 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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