Purchasing Coordinator Salary (United States)

Salaries for Purchasing Coordinators in the United States sit in the ballpark of $40,125 annually. Compensation generally starts at $30,045 and does not exceed $55,228 per year. Overall cash earnings for Purchasing Coordinators stretch from $31,126 on the lower end to $58,273 near the top, and the heftier packages can encompass around $4,516 from bonuses and $8,187 from profit sharing. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Purchasing Coordinators making up 75 percent of workers. Most Purchasing Coordinators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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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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  
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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  
PayScale
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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Though not the most common occurrence, Purchasing Coordinators who become Purchasing Managers earn an extra $19,875 per year. The most common career progression for Purchasing Coordinators leads to becoming an Inventory Coordinator, which actually results in a pay cut of $3,299. However, many Purchasing Coordinators also opt to become a Buyer, a move that typically includes a raise of $5,298.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Coordinator

Purchasing Coordinators seem to require a number of specific 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). Most people skilled in Inventory Management are similarly competent 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. New salaries start at $38K and reach $41K in five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $42K after 10 to 20 years. After a couple decades on the job, Purchasing Coordinators see only modest salary growth, with pay averaging $44K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. A majority of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$40,000
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With a pay rate for Purchasing Coordinators that is 22 percent greater than the national average, Austin offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like New York, Houston, Dallas, and Chicago, top-paying markets where Purchasing Coordinators rake in more than the national norm (+20 percent, +19 percent, +11 percent, and +6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 11 percent below 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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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%
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