Average Purchasing Specialists in the United States make around $50K annually. Cash earnings for Purchasing Specialists — which occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $33K to approximately $71K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Female Purchasing Specialists are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (60 percent) are women. Work is enjoyable for Purchasing Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,459 - $75,151
$37K
$50K
$75K
MEDIAN: $49,732
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$14.33 - $24.74
$14
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,459 - $75,151  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,745  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,304  
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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$33,074 - $71,085  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 406
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.33 - $24.74  
   
Overtime
$18.38 - $39.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,745  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,304  
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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$33,074 - $71,085  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 215

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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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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 $61K per year. It is quite typical for Purchasing Specialists to transition into roles as Procurement Specialists or Purchasing Supervisors, where reported median earnings are $6K and $5K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Specialist


Survey results imply that Purchasing Specialists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Sourcing can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 36 percent above average. Data Analysis and Contract Negotiation are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 11 percent and 36 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service, Logistics, and Inventory Control. 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. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $43K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $45K. Purchasing Specialists see a median salary of $52K 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 $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,960

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Surpassing the national average by 41 percent, Purchasing Specialists in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Purchasing Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Columbus (+27 percent), Washington (+23 percent), Chicago (+22 percent), and Atlanta (+20 percent). Compared to the national average, Dallas Purchasing Specialists have considerably lower salaries, 21 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers pay around 20 percent less in Portland and 10 percent less in Charlotte, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Purchasing Specialist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Purchasing Specialist

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Purchasing Specialist Salaries



National Average
$46,000



Skills That Affect Purchasing Specialist Salaries

Sourcing
up arrow 36%


Data Analysis
up arrow 11%


Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Vendor Management
up arrow 1%

Purchasing
0%

Inventory Management
0%

National Average
$46,000


Inventory Control
up arrow 6%

Logistics
up arrow 8%

Customer Service
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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