Purchasing Specialist Salary

Average Purchasing Specialists in the United States make around $49K annually. In the world of Purchasing Specialists, overall income ranges from $32K near the bottom to $70K at the top; this can include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Female Purchasing Specialists are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (64 percent) are women. Job satisfaction for Purchasing Specialists is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,213 - $71,847
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$72K
MEDIAN: $48,503
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$13.03 - $25.07
(Median)
$13
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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
$35,213 - $71,847  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,506  
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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$32,110 - $69,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 476
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.03 - $25.07  
   
Overtime
$18.31 - $37.42  
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 - $6,506  
   
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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$32,110 - $69,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 224
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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 transition into Purchasing Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Purchasing Managers earn $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.

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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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service and Logistics. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know Negotiation and Contract Negotiation. People who know Purchasing usually also know Contract Negotiation and Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Specialist

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


Purchasing Specialists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $43K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $47K. Purchasing Specialists see a median salary of $49K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Purchasing Specialists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $58K.

Pay Difference by Location


Atlanta offers some of the highest pay in the country for Purchasing Specialists, 13 percent above the national average. Purchasing Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+13 percent), Cincinnati (+10 percent), Dallas (+2 percent), and Columbus (+1 percent). Purchasing Specialists in Portland report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 23 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

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 3%

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 135 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
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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