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Purchasing Specialist Salary (United States)

A Purchasing Specialist earns an average salary of $47,466 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. A skill in Contract Negotiation is associated with high pay for this job.
Purchasing Specialist Salary (?
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$34,615 - $71,529
(Median)
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72K
MEDIAN: $47,466
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Purchasing Specialist Salary (?
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$12.92 - $24.45
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,615 - $71,529  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,015  
Profit Sharing
$814 - $5,000  
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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$31,555 - $69,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 497
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.92 - $24.45  
   
Overtime
$18.46 - $36.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,015  
   
Profit Sharing
$814 - $5,000  
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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$31,555 - $69,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 218
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Job Description for Purchasing Specialist

Purchasing specialists typically hold manager-level positions charged with making purchases necessary for their organization's operations. The day-to-day duties performed by these specialists vary depending on the needs of the company. However, generally, a purchasing specialist works in a service-oriented business and oversees the purchasing and inventory of operating supplies rather than retail goods. Hotels, restaurants, hospitals, and companies that repair, maintain, or conduct construction work typically have a purchasing specialist.
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Purchasing Specialist Tasks
  • Maintain working relationships with vendors, evaluate vendor contract terms, and negotiate prices.
  • Place, schedule, and follow-up on orders to ensure accuracy and timely delivery.
  • Predict required packaging or resources according to customer requests and coordinate with vendors to obtain products.
  • Resolve billing issues and any conflicts between the company and the vendors.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Specialist

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Specialist

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

Pay Difference By Location

Cincinnati
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Dallas
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Houston
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Atlanta
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National Average
$45,000
Montgomery
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Portland
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Purchasing Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Purchasing Specialist?
Purchasing Specialist in Houston:
"When It's Good It's Great."
Pros: I really enjoy the people I work with. We are a close team that count on each other for assistance an back up. I like putting together master lists to help determine and coordinate deliveries of our fixtures. I enjoy providing and collecting all available information to best determine our course of action in allocating inventory.
Cons: The things I like the least are mostly outside and uncontrollable factors. I do not enjoy the need it done yesterday aspect of my job. Retail is a fickle industry. I don't know how much job growth is available.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Specialist Salaries

National Average
$45,000

Skills That Affect Purchasing Specialist Salaries

Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Purchasing
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National Average
$45,000
Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
66%
female alumni
 
Male
34%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 13%