Purchasing Agent

Code: 13-1023.00

Also known as: Buyer, Procurement Official, Procurement Specialist, Purchasing Administrator, Purchasing Agent

Description: From medical supplies and computer equipment to retail merchandise and raw food products, at some point every company needs to acquire new products to sustain day-to-day business functions. Unfortunately, prices for goods and services aren't always what they appear to be when first quoted. The Purchasing Agent fosters relationships with vendors in order to negotiate prices, review bid proposals and issue purchase orders to keep a company going.A Purchasing Agent can start his or her career with one year of on-the-job experience, learning how to manage inventories and work with supply chain operations. However, larger companies will require a Bachelor's degree or higher for advancement into management positions.

Purchasing Agent

Typical wages

10% $39,810
25% $50,840
Median $66,690
75% $88,600
90% $112,170
10% $19.14
25% $24.44
Median $32.06
75% $42.6
90% $53.93

Projected employment

Estimated Employment
(2019 year)
Projected Employment
(2029 year)
Percent Change +0 %
Projected Annual Job Openings 36,000