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Retail Buyer Salary

Average Retail Buyers in the United States make around $60K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Retail Buyers making up 74 percent. Some workers in this field — slightly more than a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,765 - $96,407
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MEDIAN: $60,094
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$9.86 - $21.35
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,765 - $96,407  
   
Bonus
$249.17 - $20,022  
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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$27,002 - $101,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $21.35  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $28.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$249.17 - $20,022  
   
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).
)
$27,002 - $101,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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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Professional skills reported by Retail Buyers are few in number. Merchandising and Strategic Planning are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Strategic Planning and Merchandising, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Retail Buyer

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


For many Retail Buyers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $43K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $53K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $60K in this role. Retail Buyers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $64K.

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Experience Affects Retail Buyer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Retail Buyer Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Merchandising
up arrow 24%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 22%