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Retail Buyer Salary

Retail Buyers in the United States take home approximately $53K annually on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over a third. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Retail Buyers survey respondents are women (72 percent). This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,954 - $90,864
(Median)
$32K
$53K
$91K
MEDIAN: $53,344
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$10.04 - $21.05
(Median)
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$16
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$31,954 - $90,864  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,336  
Profit Sharing
$1,323 - $3,529  
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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$27,001 - $93,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 148
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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.04 - $21.05  
   
Overtime
$7.50 - $32.49  
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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,336  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,323 - $3,529  
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).
)
$27,001 - $93,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51

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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.

Common Career Paths for Retail Buyer


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For Retail Buyers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Retail Buyers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Buyer.

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Survey results suggest that Retail Buyers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Negotiation, Merchandising, Data Analysis, and Strategic Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Inventory Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Strategic Planning and Data Analysis also typically command lower compensation.

Pay by Experience Level for Retail Buyer

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average inexperienced worker earns $43K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $50K. Retail Buyers see a median salary of $52K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Retail Buyer with more than 20 years of experience can earn $64K on average.

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Experience Affects Retail Buyer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Retail Buyer Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Negotiation
up arrow 12%


Data Analysis
up arrow 19%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 24%

Inventory Management
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 20%
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