Purchasing Specialist Salary (United States)

Salaries for Purchasing Specialists in the United States lie in the neighborhood of $44,677 per year. Pay starts at $31,347 and can approach $69,449 per year on the higher side. Total cash compensation to Purchasing Specialists bottoms out near $34,411 and approaches $71,473 on the high end; the bigger paychecks include approximately $5,985 from bonuses and almost $7,946 from profit sharing. Experience level and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn vision coverage. Female Purchasing Specialists are more common than men; more than half (65 percent) of Purchasing Specialists are women. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Purchasing Specialist Salary (?
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$34,411 - $71,473
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MEDIAN: $46,935
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Purchasing Specialist Salary (?
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$12.79 - $23.93
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,411 - $71,473  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,985  
Profit Sharing
$817 - $7,946  
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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$31,347 - $69,449  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 512
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.79 - $23.93  
   
Overtime
$18.14 - $36.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,985  
   
Profit Sharing
$817 - $7,946  
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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$31,347 - $69,449  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 213
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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 often receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Purchasing Manager position frequently earn an additional $15,323 per year.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Specialist

Purchasing Specialists who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Microsoft Office, Negotiation, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 12 percent, 10 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Purchasing are, more often than not, also skilled in Contract Negotiation and Negotiation. Most people familiar with 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 Purchasing Specialists, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Salaries can reach $46K from $41K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $49K. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Purchasing Specialists and pay is expected at $59K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Purchasing Specialists that is 9 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Purchasing Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+9 percent) and Cincinnati (+7 percent). Montgomery is the lowest-paying area, 4 percent south of the national average.

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

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$45,000

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 179 votes.

Gender

Female
65%
female alumni
 
Male
35%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
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: 62% employee benefits None: 12%
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