Assistant Buyer Salary

Median pay for Assistant Buyers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $46K annually. Cash earnings for Assistant Buyers — including $6K in bonuses and $11K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $30K to $60K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Assistant Buyers who took the survey — 85 percent to be exact. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,481 - $62,517
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$46K
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MEDIAN: $45,904
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$12.50 - $22.96
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$0$62K
Salary $33,481 - $62,517
Bonus $0.00 - $5,894
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $10,993
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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$30,129 - $60,878
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 538
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $12.50 - $22.96
Overtime $17.75 - $37.89
Annual Data $0$60K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,894
Profit Sharing $-0.49 - $10,993
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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$30,129 - $60,878
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 267

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Job Description for Assistant Buyer

An assistant buyer works closely with vendors, maintaining positive relationships while negotiating specs, pricing, and deadlines. They must be able to work independently and prioritize job duties, as well as prepare cost analyses and competitive retail strategies. They must be able to develop sales and profit margin plans, as well as maintain margin and determine turnover objectives.

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Assistant Buyer Tasks

  • Assist buyers and managers with writing purchase orders, buying merchandise, and managing inventory.
  • Research suppliers to determine which ones fit company pricing and quality objectives.
  • Advise retail outlets how to price products based on purchase price and market trends.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Buyer


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There are some Assistant Buyers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Category Managers, where earnings are an average $80K annually. Typical career progression for an Assistant Buyer involves becoming a Buyer or an Associate Buyer, roles that pay $4K more and $6K more on average.

Assistant Buyer Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Assistant Buyer


Zulily, Neiman Marcus Group Inc., Macy's, Inc., Ross Stores, Inc, and Sears Holdings Corporation are top-notch employers for Assistant Buyers in this area. Those at Ross Stores, Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $73K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Nordstrom, Inc. at $72K, Macy's, Inc. at $56K, and Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, where Assistant Buyers annually earn $52K.

Known for its small paychecks, Zulily actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $43K — 70 percent less than the top paying company. Employees at Neiman Marcus Group Inc., Belk, Inc., and Sears Holdings Corporation can also expect below-average earnings of $43K, $44K, and $51K.

Popular Skills for Assistant Buyer


Assistant Buyers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Merchandising, Negotiation, Data Analysis, and Vendor Relations are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Order Inventory as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Oral / Verbal Communication and Data Entry also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Data Analysis also know Merchandising.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Buyer

Pay by Experience for an Assistant Buyer has a positive trend. An entry-level Assistant Buyer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 606 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Assistant Buyer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 145 salaries. An experienced Assistant Buyer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 55 salaries. An Assistant Buyer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 14 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,831

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Assistant Buyers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Assistant Buyers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Plano (+29 percent), New York (+25 percent), Union (+10 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 18 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and Los Angeles (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Assistant Buyer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Assistant Buyer?

Assistant Buyer in Auckland:
"Cruisey days picking fabrics."
Pros: Relaxed, not high pressure.
Cons: Rude sales people or customers.

Assistant Buyer in Issaquah:
"Great Culture."
Pros: Challenging yet supportive culture. All levels of management adhere to the Costco core values.
Cons: Approval processes sometimes hinder our flexibility as a company.

Assistant Buyer in Pittsburgh:
"Kristaps."
Pros: I get to work in the business of sports, which is a matrimony of my two passions.
Cons: Sometimes I feel as if the company is too big for me to advance.

Assistant Buyer in Seattle:
"Room to improve."
Pros: Working with our suppliers, great coworkers.
Cons: Not enough support from upper management. Outdated tools.

Assistant Buyer in Boston:
Pros: Corporate culture, employees I work with, my commute.
Cons: Extremely stressful, no work life balance, long hours, no overtime pay.

Assistant Buyer in edmonton alberta canada:
"I love my job."
Pros: The challenge and the communications with the vendors.
Cons: No control over the quality product can show up in.

Assistant Buyer in Plano:
"Senior assistant buyer."
Pros: Vendor management and negotiationZ.
Cons: Pricing and signing. Blamed for buyer mistakes.

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Key Stats for Assistant Buyer

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 164 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Assistant Buyer Salaries

▲46%

▲7%

▲5%

National Average
$43,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Assistant Buyer Salaries


▲3%



National Average
$43,000




Customer Service
▼9%

Purchasing
▼10%

▼12%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼25%

Order Inventory
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 164 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 16%
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