Salary for Purchasing Agents (not including wholesale, retail or farm products)

Also known as:  Equipment, Supplies, and Tools Purchasing Agent, Radio Time Buyer helps manufacturing professionals find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations.

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Purchasing agents acquire raw goods and semi-finished goods for manufacturing, as well as parts, services, supplies, tools, machinery and equipment for their employers. They attend industry conventions, trade shows, conferences and seminars in order to network with other purchasing department professionals and, in collaboration with pricing departments, seek to obtain the best price possible for their purchases. When supplied goods are defective, purchasing agents handle talks with the relevant merchants to correct the problem. These professionals also discuss contracts and solicit bids from suppliers, and may visit their factories or production locations in order to gain a better understanding of the good being provided. Roughly 85% of purchasing agents have college degrees; several years of experience coupled with strong computer and communication skills may also be required for this position.

A Purchasing Agent usually gets an average compensation somewhere between 40000 and 60000 based on tenure and industry expertise. Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products will normally receive wages of Fifty Eight Thousand Four Hundred dollars yearly.

Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products are compensated highest in the District of Columbia, where they can receive pay levels, on average, of approximating $83230. People who work inside these careers can make the most money in Utilities, where they receive average pay of $69320.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 13.93 percent nationwide in that time.
Purchasing Agents (not including wholesale, retail or farm products) tend to make the most in the following industries
Public Administration $69,320
Utilities $68,000
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $64,510
Management of Companies and Enterprises $63,370
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $62,260
Information $61,710
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Accommodation and Food Services $45,380
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting $46,370
Health Care and Social Assistance $49,530
Retail Trade $50,390
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $51,550
Other Services (except Public Administration) $52,120