Buyer Salary

A Buyer earns an average salary of $51,849 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.

$38,927 - $76,047
$39K
$53K
$76K
MEDIAN: $53,057
10%
50%
90%

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$14.25 - $25.74
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.89
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90%

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$0$76K
Salary $38,927 - $76,047
Bonus $0.00 - $9,664
Profit Sharing $1.70 - $5,183
Commission $1,300 - $45,000
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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$35,367 - $75,423
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,716
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $14.25 - $25.74
Hourly Tips $0.73
Overtime $20.45 - $37.29
Annual Data $0$75K
Bonus $0.00 - $9,664
Commission $1,300 - $45,000
Profit Sharing $1.70 - $5,183
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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$35,367 - $75,423
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,503

Job Description for Buyer

Buyers, also known as purchasing agents, work in many different fields. Some common businesses that hire buyers are retail stores, grocery stores, car dealerships, and many others. Buyers work is both mentally and physically challenging. Not only do they have to have very extensive knowledge of the business, they also need to know what kind of products need to be bought. Aside from the mental aspect, buyers often have to physically travel to pick up the items they are buying. They usually work indoors although some types of buyers such as car dealerships would have cars outside in the lot to choose from. Buyers often work with public relations or sellers from other companies. Most buyers have a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration or Management, but some have a degree in their field such as Fashion, etc.

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Buyer Tasks

  • Identify suppliers, select merchandise and negotiate bills of sale for a business.
  • Inspect deliveries for shipping errors, improper handling, or quality issues.
  • Ensure that orders are delivered on time and at cost.
  • Resolve billing and shipping problems and provide information to suppliers.

Common Career Paths for Buyer


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Popular Skills for Buyer

Pay by Experience Level for Buyer

Pay by Experience for a Buyer has a positive trend. An entry-level Buyer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 3,169 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Buyer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 2,019 salaries. An experienced Buyer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 1,563 salaries. A Buyer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 648 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,899

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Buyer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Buyer?

Buyer in Iowa City:
"Customer Service."
Pros: Different day to day, feel needed, feel I can save money within the company, making connections.
Cons: Stress level, lack of guidance, do not feel appreciated within my department.

Buyer in Salt Lake City:
"Always changing."
Pros: Dealing with vendors and working to keep production flowing.
Cons: Pay and lack of understanding of impact of my job.

Buyer in Dawsonville:
"Work Flexibility."
Pros: The hours I get to work and the products that I get to buy.
Cons: How much I get paid. I also do not like that there is no structure to this business.

Buyer in Alameda:
"Pricing."
Pros: Getting the customers parts in a timely matter.
Cons: Working on the weekends for free.

Buyer in Bellingham:
"Low Stress Low Responsibility."
Pros: It is relatively easy, and a good transition from production work.
Cons: Not interesting, limited responsibility and limited compensation.

Buyer in Asheville:
"The job is great the environment, not so much."
Pros: I like how independently I get to work and how I am the one in charge of certain vendors. I like being able to get to the bottom of certain issues and negotiating with the vendors. It makes me feel good being able to stay on top of things and such.
Cons: I hate my bosses. I feel as though I am not valued. I feel my pay should reflect how much I do and I don't think my represents me correctly.

Buyer in Fremont:
"Buyer Planner Fremont, CA."
Pros: Analyzing data and troubleshooting.
Cons: The low pay.

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Key Stats for Buyer

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1157 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Buyer Salaries

▲14%

▲5%

▲3%

National Average
$51,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Buyer Salaries


▲5%

▲3%


▼0%

▼0%

National Average
$51,000


Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
▼1%








Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 1157 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 13%