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Purchasing Specialist Salary

Earnings for Purchasing Specialists in the United States come in at around $48K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $6K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Purchasing Specialists can bottom out near $32K or peak near $69K depending on individual performance. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. There are more female Purchasing Specialists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 63 percent. Work is enjoyable for Purchasing Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,130 - $71,847
(Median)
$35K
$48K
$72K
MEDIAN: $48,460
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90%

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$13.08 - $24.69
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,130 - $71,847  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,261  
Profit Sharing
$811 - $5,034  
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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$32,279 - $69,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 476
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.08 - $24.69  
   
Overtime
$18.44 - $37.13  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,261  
   
Profit Sharing
$811 - $5,034  
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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$32,279 - $69,420  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 225

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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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Advancing into a Purchasing Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Purchasing Specialists, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $60K per year. Purchasing Supervisors or Procurement Specialists are common next-step roles for Purchasing Specialists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Purchasing Supervisors is $4K higher on average, and it's $6K higher for Procurement Specialists.

Purchasing Agent (but not Wholesale, Retail, or Farm Products) Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Specialist


Purchasing Specialists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Microsoft Office, Negotiation, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service and Logistics. Skill sets containing Purchasing also tend to include 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $43K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $47K. Purchasing Specialists see a median salary of $49K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $57K.

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
up arrow 7%

Negotiation
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$46,000

Purchasing
up arrow 1%

Logistics
up arrow 8%

Customer Service
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

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