The average salary for a Retail Buyer is $56,707.
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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 team…Read more
Retail 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.
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Popular Skills for Retail Buyer
Skills in Merchandising and Negotiation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Analysis, Purchasing and Inventory Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Retail Buyer
An early career Retail Buyer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $45,538 based on 66 salaries. A mid-career Retail Buyer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $60,419 based on 66 salaries. An experienced Retail Buyer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $73,237 based on 71 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $80,284.
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Employees with Retail Buyer in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 39.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Portland, Oregon (36.7% more) and Los Angeles, California (32.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Stamford, Connecticut (38.3% less) and Seattle, Washington (8.1% less).
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