Purchasing Clerk Salary

Median pay for Purchasing Clerks in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.08 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most Purchasing Clerks survey respondents are women (73 percent). Job satisfaction for Purchasing Clerks is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$27,547 - $53,743
$28K
$36K
$54K
MEDIAN: $36,238
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$11.71 - $19.99
$12
$15
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MEDIAN: $15.19
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$0$53K
Salary $27,547 - $53,743
Bonus $291.63 - $5,120
Commission $3,250
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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$24,885 - $46,373
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 94
Hourly Data $0$30
Hourly Rate $11.71 - $19.99
Overtime $14.96 - $30.07
Annual Data $0$46K
Bonus $291.63 - $5,120
Commission $3,250
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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$24,885 - $46,373
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 281

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Job Description for Purchasing Clerk

The purchasing clerk maintains the backstock of product for resale following the general purchasing policies of their company. They are responsible for procuring a wide range of product at optimal prices (with varying lead times) so that no item is ever out of stock. The purchasing clerk must work closely with the warehouse and suppliers to ensure a smooth supply chain. Additionally, it is the responsibility of the purchasing clerk to stay up to date on the stock of the various suppliers and make decisions accordingly; for example, if a supplier runs out of a specific product, the purchasing clerk may assist the purchasing manager in finding a new source. The purchasing clerk is responsible for maintaining files on all vendors and product purchased. All received products must be reconciled with the purchase orders issued, and the purchasing clerk is responsible for resolving any shortage or pricing issues that arise from an order in a timely fashion.

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Purchasing Clerk 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 Clerk


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Purchasing Clerks' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Purchasing Manager. The average Purchasing Manager brings home $61K per year. When Purchasing Clerks are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Buyers or Purchasing Coordinators. Those roles pay an additional $14K and $7K, respectively.

Purchasing Clerk Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Clerk

Pay by Experience for a Purchasing Clerk has a positive trend. An entry-level Purchasing Clerk with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 215 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Purchasing Clerk with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 105 salaries. An experienced Purchasing Clerk which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 74 salaries. A Purchasing Clerk with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 32 salaries.

Purchasing Clerk Reviews

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

Purchasing Clerk in San Diego:
"Very good, cost of living high."
Pros: The Weather is great. People are very friendly.
Cons: The traffic and the cost of living is very high.

Purchasing Clerk in Los Angeles:
"Office conditions."
Pros: I like communicating with different people.
Cons: I have issues with the pay amount.

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Key Stats for Purchasing Clerk

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Purchasing Clerk Salaries

▲14%

▲10%

National Average
$33,000

▼1%

▼5%

Skills That Affect Purchasing Clerk Salaries

Order Inventory
▲36%

Vendor Relations
▲9%

Inventory Control
▲5%

▲1%


National Average
$33,000

Microsoft Outlook
▼7%

Microsoft Office
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 20%
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