$39,369
Avg. Salary
$15.92
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,032

Bonus

$1,500

Profit Sharing

$2,500

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Purchasing Assistant is $15.92 per hour.

The average pay for a Purchasing Assistant is $39,369 per year.

10%
$12.26
10%
$15.92
50%
$20.48
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90%
MEDIAN $15.92
10%
$30k
10%
$39k
50%
$53k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $39,369
$29,687 - $53,218
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$53K
MEDIAN: $39,369
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$12.26 - $20.48
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$0$53K
Salary $29,687 - $53,218
Bonus $200 - $3,960
Profit Sharing $267 - $7,000
Commission $2,500
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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$26,726 - $48,456
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 535
Hourly Data $0$31
Hourly Rate $12.26 - $20.48
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $18.01 - $31.14
Annual Data $0$48K
Bonus $200 - $3,960
Commission $2,500
Profit Sharing $267 - $7,000
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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$26,726 - $48,456
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,109

Job Description for Purchasing Assistant

An purchasing assistant helps to purchase products for their company to use or sell. They must be aware of stock and inventory at all times, as well as general sales and revenue trends (such as what is selling well or poorly). A purchasing assistant may be in charge of choosing which products to stock in inventory, as well as forming relationships with distributors and manufacturers.

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Purchasing Assistant Tasks
  • Issue purchase orders.
  • Confirm accuracy of orders.
  • Manage goods throughout the purchasing/receiving process.
  • Maintain accurate records related to purchases.

Common Career Paths for Purchasing Assistant


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Purchasing Assistants sometimes assume positions such as Senior Buyers. That role pays $66K per year on average. Career advancement for the typical Purchasing Assistant often leads to becoming a Buyer or a Purchasing Manager; median salaries in these positions are $12K higher and $26K higher, respectively.

Purchasing Assistant Job Listings

Popular Skills for Purchasing Assistant


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Vendor Relations, Organizing, Materials Requirement Planning, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Order Inventory. Those familiar with Data Entry also tend to know Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Purchasing Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Purchasing Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 623 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Purchasing Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 250 salaries. An experienced Purchasing Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 160 salaries. A Purchasing Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 42 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

14%

12%

10%

9%

-6%

-7%

National Average: $35,335

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

Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Purchasing Assistants in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Purchasing Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Philadelphia (+15 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), Dallas (+11 percent), and Houston (+10 percent). Phoenix ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Los Angeles (11 percent less) and Richmond (10 percent less).

Purchasing Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Purchasing Assistant?

Purchasing Assistant in Caldwell:
"Office setting, corporate culture, micromanagement style."
Pros: Discount, flexibility, people I work with.
Cons: Management, commute, limited promotion opportunities.

Purchasing Assistant in Smyrna:
"How soon my job would become permanent and exact pay range."
Always have a backup as far as other skills and job offers that your good at and are needed for. So, if a agency or company tell you one thing and they don't deliver on it, you will have other options. Not to be job hopping but just better prepared to maintain a living and provide for your family. Just always keep your options open!

Purchasing Assistant in 80210:
"Chaotic. Fast paced."
Pros: I like interacting with multiple people from different division and seeing how every job functions.
Cons: I don't like inexperience people who don't know what they need or want. I don't like workers with no backbone or brains.

Purchasing Assistant in Columbus:
"Build on strenghs."
Seek ways to improve yourself through education and social organizations. Look for ways to apply principles in diverse ways.

Purchasing Assistant in Broken Arrow:
"The owner was a jerk."
Just stay with it. It's difficult at first but once you gotta it, you gotta it.

Purchasing Assistant in Cedar Grove:
"Position is fine, company...not so much!"
Pros: Some of the people. Some of my co-workers are very nice.
Cons: The facility, the management, lack of benefits and poor treatment of employees.

Purchasing Assistant in Fond Du Lac:
"Purchasing Assistant Job."
Pros: Office conditions, perks, insurance, management.
Cons: Pay, some of the job tasks that are involved that go above and beyond my job description.

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Key Stats for Purchasing Assistant

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 319 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Experience Affects Purchasing Assistant Salaries

▲15%

▲6%

▲3%

National Average
$35,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Purchasing Assistant Salaries

Vendor Relations
▲11%

Organizing
▲5%

Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
▲2%

Microsoft Word
▲1%


National Average
$35,000



▼2%


Microsoft Excel
▼3%

▼4%

Procurement
▼4%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 319 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 20%