A Purchasing Specialist earns an average salary of $46,244 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Microsoft Office, Contract Negotiation, and Negotiation.
Purchasing Specialist Total Pay (?
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$34,093 - $69,569
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46K
59K
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MEDIAN: $46,244
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Purchasing Specialist Total Pay (?
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$12.59 - $23.81
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,093 - $69,569  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,988  
Profit Sharing
$829 - $7,757  
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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$31,096 - $68,706  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 788
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.59 - $23.81  
   
Overtime
$17.98 - $36.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,988  
   
Profit Sharing
$829 - $7,757  
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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$31,096 - $68,706  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 24 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 788
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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 by Experience Level for Purchasing Specialist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
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National Average
$44,000
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Experience Affects Purchasing Specialist Salaries

National Average
$44,000

Skills That Affect Purchasing Specialist Salaries

Microsoft Office
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Purchasing
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National Average
$44,000
Order Inventory
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 185 votes.
Gender
Female
66%
female alumni
 
Male
34%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 12%
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