Purchasing Specialist Salary

Median pay for Purchasing Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $48K annually. Cash earnings for Purchasing Specialists — which occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $32K to approximately $69K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of Purchasing Specialists (64 percent) who took the survey are women. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,313 - $71,437

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$13.05 - $25.02

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National Salary 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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,313 - $71,437  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,575  
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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$32,139 - $69,435  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 481
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.05 - $25.02  
   
Overtime
$18.33 - $37.39  
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 - $6,575  
   
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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$32,139 - $69,435  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 227
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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.

Common Career Paths for Purchasing Specialist


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Purchasing Specialists might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Purchasing Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $60K per year. It is quite typical for Purchasing Specialists to transition into roles as Purchasing Supervisors or Procurement Specialists, where reported median earnings are $5K and $6K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Specialist


Purchasing Specialists seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Microsoft Office, Negotiation, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service and Logistics. A tool kit that includes Purchasing also typically contains Contract Negotiation and Negotiation. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know Negotiation and Contract Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Specialist

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


For many Purchasing Specialists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $43K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $46K. Purchasing Specialists see a median salary of $50K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As Purchasing Specialists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Purchasing Specialists, working in the bustling city of Atlanta has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Purchasing Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+11 percent), Cincinnati (+9 percent), Dallas (+2 percent), and Columbus (+2 percent). Purchasing Specialists in Portland earn salaries far below the national average by 23 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

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
$46,000


Skills That Affect Purchasing Specialist Salaries


Microsoft Office
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Negotiation
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$46,000

Purchasing
up arrow 1%

Logistics
up arrow 7%

Customer Service
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 13%
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