Purchasing Specialist Salary

An average Purchasing Specialist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $50K per year. Total cash compensation to Purchasing Specialists approaches anywhere from $33K on the lower end to $72K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $6K from bonuses and upwards of $12K from profit sharing. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Female Purchasing Specialists are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (62 percent) are women. For the most part, Purchasing Specialists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$37,162 - $75,202
$37K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $49,741
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$14.51 - $24.53
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MEDIAN: $18.68
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,162 - $75,202  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,013  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $12,438  
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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$33,379 - $71,546  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 434
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.51 - $24.53  
   
Overtime
$19.19 - $36.88  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,013  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $12,438  
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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$33,379 - $71,546  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 244

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Purchasing Specialist


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As Purchasing Specialists transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Buyer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Buyers earn $66K on average per year. It is quite typical for Purchasing Specialists to transition into roles as Purchasing Managers or Procurement Specialists, where reported median earnings are $15K and $6K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Specialist


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Sourcing, Data Analysis, and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 37 percent, 11 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service, Logistics, and Inventory Control. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in Negotiation and Contract Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Specialist

Pay by Experience for a Purchasing Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Purchasing Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 328 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Purchasing Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 179 salaries. An experienced Purchasing Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 158 salaries. A Purchasing Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 76 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,906

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Purchasing Specialists, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Purchasing Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Columbus (+30 percent), Washington (+23 percent), Atlanta (+20 percent), and Chicago (+13 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Purchasing Specialists is geography, with workers in Dallas earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Portland (13 percent less) and Charlotte (10 percent less).

Purchasing Specialist Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Purchasing Specialist?

Purchasing Specialist in Rock Hill:
"Flexibly stressed."
Pros: Flexibility to make decisions you think are best and try new ideas in addition to the opportunity to interact with many different industries as a learning experience and networking opportunity.
Cons: Lack of authority to enforce policies within other departments to streamline processes regarding my own work.

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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Key Stats for Purchasing Specialist

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 120 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Purchasing Specialist Salaries

▲32%

▲16%

National Average
$46,000

▼1%

▼7%

Skills That Affect Purchasing Specialist Salaries

Sourcing
▲37%

Data Analysis
▲11%


▲4%

Microsoft Office
▲3%

National Average
$46,000

▼1%

Vendor Management
▼1%



Inventory Control
▼6%

Logistics
▼8%

Customer Service
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 14%
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