Purchasing Coordinator Salary

Pay for Purchasing Coordinators in the United States sits in the ballpark of $42K per year. Final cash compensation to Purchasing Coordinators varies from around $30K to approximately $55K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $9K, respectively. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Purchasing Coordinators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most Purchasing Coordinators survey respondents are women (73 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,979 - $58,120
(Median)
$32K
$42K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,966
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$13.26 - $21.89
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$13
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,979 - $58,120  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,562  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $9,150  
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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$30,105 - $55,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 544
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.26 - $21.89  
   
Overtime
$18.96 - $33.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,562  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $9,150  
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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$30,105 - $55,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 393
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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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It's not very common for Purchasing Coordinators to move on to become Purchasing Managers. Average pay for a Purchasing Manager is $60K annually. More often than not, an Inventory Coordinator role is the next step for Purchasing Coordinators moving up in the field. Pay for Inventory Coordinators is usually $37K. Many Purchasing Coordinators choose to take on a Buyer role instead, where salaries are typically $46K.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Coordinator


Purchasing Coordinators seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Microsoft Excel, Negotiation, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SAP Materials Management and Purchasing. The majority of those who know 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $39K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $42K. On average, Purchasing Coordinators make $43K following one to two decades on the job. As Purchasing Coordinators reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $45K.

Pay Difference by Location


Austin offers some of the highest pay in the country for Purchasing Coordinators, 25 percent above the national average. Purchasing Coordinators will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+16 percent), New York (+15 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Cincinnati (+13 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 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

Budget Management
up arrow 12%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Negotiation
up arrow 3%

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 7%

SAP Materials Management (SAP MM)
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 181 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 13%
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