Purchasing Specialist Salary (United States)

A Purchasing Specialist earns an average salary of $46,621 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 Total Pay (?
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$34,276 - $71,134
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $46,621
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Purchasing Specialist Total Pay (?
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$12.72 - $23.82
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,276 - $71,134  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,941  
Profit Sharing
$817 - $5,068  
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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$31,258 - $69,152  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 728
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.72 - $23.82  
   
Overtime
$18.05 - $36.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,941  
   
Profit Sharing
$817 - $5,068  
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).
)
$31,258 - $69,152  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 728
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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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Pay Difference By Location

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Experience Affects Purchasing Specialist Salaries

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$44,000

Skills That Affect Purchasing Specialist Salaries

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Gender

Female
66%
female alumni
 
Male
34%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 12%
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