How much does a Buyer III make in the United States? The average Buyer III salary in the United States is $90,890 as of March 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $80,945 and $101,636. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

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Buyer III Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Buyer III Salary $71,890 US March 26, 2024
25th Percentile Buyer III Salary $80,945 US March 26, 2024
50th Percentile Buyer III Salary $90,890 US March 26, 2024
75th Percentile Buyer III Salary $101,636 US March 26, 2024
90th Percentile Buyer III Salary $111,419 US March 26, 2024
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What skills does a Buyer III need?

Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.


Planning: An act or process of making or carrying out plans. Establishment of goals, policies, and procedures for a social or economic unit city planning business planning.


ERP Systems: Leveraging advanced tools and software systems to automate and manage core business functions cost-effectively to maximize performance.


Supply Chain Management: In commerce, supply-chain management (SCM), the management of the flow of goods and services, involves the movement and storage of raw materials, of work-in-process inventory, and of finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption. Interconnected or interlinked networks, channels and node businesses combine in the provision of products and services required by end customers in a supply chain. Supply-chain management has been defined as the "design, planning, execution, control, and monitoring of supply-chain activities with the objective of creating net value, building a competitive infrastructure, leveraging worldwide logistics, synchronizing supply with demand and measuring performance globally." SCM practice draws heavily from the areas of industrial engineering, systems engineering, operations management, logistics, procurement, information technology, and marketing and strives for an integrated approach.[citation needed] Marketing channels play an important role in supply-chain management. Current research in supply-chain management is concerned with topics related to sustainability and risk management, among others. Some suggest that the “people dimension” of SCM, ethical issues, internal integration, transparency/visibility, and human capital/talent management are topics that have, so far, been underrepresented on the research agenda.

Planning 5.48%
ERP Systems 1.59%
Supply Chain Management 1.1%
Others 91.83%

Job Description for Buyer III

Buyer III purchases materials, supplies and services at the most favorable terms for the organization. Qualifies vendors, evaluates bids, and negotiates prices and terms for purchased goods and services. Being a Buyer III tracks purchases, monitors vendor quality, and maintains a current database of vendor information. Typically requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent. Additionally, Buyer III typically reports to a manager. The Buyer III work is generally independent and collaborative in nature. Contributes to moderately complex aspects of a project. To be a Buyer III typically requires 4-7 years of related experience. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

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Career Path for Buyer III

A career path is a sequence of jobs that leads to your short- and long-term career goals. Some follow a linear career path within one field, while others change fields periodically to achieve career or personal goals.

For Buyer III, the first career path typically progresses to Buyer IV.

Additionally, the second career path typically starts with a Commodity Buyer IV position, and then progresses to Commodity Manager.

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Buyer III salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Buyer III, the highest Buyer III salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Buyer III salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Buyer III salary is in Miami, FL, where the Buyer III salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

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