Retail Buyer Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Retail Buyer is $62,470 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down significantly for the few employees with more than 20 years' experience.
Retail Buyer Salary (?
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$34,404 - $95,681
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $62,470
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Retail Buyer Salary (?
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$9.93 - $21.70
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$34,404 - $95,681  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,332  
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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$27,839 - $102,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.93 - $21.70  
   
Overtime
$13.50 - $30.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,332  
   
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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$27,839 - $102,775  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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Job Description for Retail Buyer

Retail buyers are responsible for developing and buying merchandise for their store or department. The buyer analyzes data to predict what will be popular with shoppers to ensure those items are sufficiently stocked. For clothing and fashion, retail buyers often work closely with fashion designers to stay ahead of what is (and will be) popular in the fashion industry. Retail buyers may be required to travel to attend events such as fashion shows, trade shows, and fairs. They work with other teams in the organization to meet company quotas, sales volume, and margins. Retail buyers may also supervise an assistant buyer or buyers, who help with the ordering process and responding to vendor questions, among other tasks.
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Retail Buyer Tasks
  • Ensure that orders are delivered on time and at cost.
  • Resolve billing and shipping problems and provide information to suppliers.
  • Identify suppliers, select merchandise and negotiate bills of sale for a business.
  • Inspect deliveries for shipping errors, improper handling, or quality issues.

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Pay by Experience Level for Retail Buyer

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

Pay Difference By Location

New York
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National Average
$54,000
Los Angeles
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Seattle
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Experience Affects Retail Buyer Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 37%
Mid-Career
up arrow 11%
Late-Career
up arrow 7%
National Average
$54,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Retail Buyer Salaries

National Average
$54,000
Merchandising
up arrow 30%
Strategic Planning
up arrow 32%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 21%