How much does a Purchasing Clerk I make in the United States? The average Purchasing Clerk I salary in the United States is $48,423 as of March 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $42,752 and $55,189. 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. 

Purchasing Clerk I Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Purchasing Clerk I Salary $37,590 US March 26, 2024
25th Percentile Purchasing Clerk I Salary $42,752 US March 26, 2024
50th Percentile Purchasing Clerk I Salary $48,423 US March 26, 2024
75th Percentile Purchasing Clerk I Salary $55,189 US March 26, 2024
90th Percentile Purchasing Clerk I Salary $61,349 US March 26, 2024
25% $42,752 10% $37,590 90% $61,349 75% $55,189 $48,423 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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What skills does a Purchasing Clerk I 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.


Customer Service: Customer service is the provision of service to customers before, during and after a purchase. The perception of success of such interactions is dependent on employees "who can adjust themselves to the personality of the guest". Customer service concerns the priority an organization assigns to customer service relative to components such as product innovation and pricing. In this sense, an organization that values good customer service may spend more money in training employees than the average organization or may proactively interview customers for feedback. From the point of view of an overall sales process engineering effort, customer service plays an important role in an organization's ability to generate income and revenue. From that perspective, customer service should be included as part of an overall approach to systematic improvement. One good customer service experience can change the entire perception a customer holds towards the organization.


ERP: Enterprise resource planning (ERP) refers to a type of software that organizations use to manage day-to-day business activities such as accounting, procurement, project management, risk management and compliance, and supply chain operations.


Quotations: A quotation is the repetition of a sentence, phrase, or passage from speech or text that someone has said or written. In oral speech, it is the representation of an utterance that is introduced by a quotative marker, such as a verb of saying.

Customer Service 3.29%
ERP 1.25%
Quotations 0.8%
Others 94.66%

Job Description for Purchasing Clerk I

Purchasing Clerk I initiates, prepares, processes, and verifies purchase orders following established guidelines to purchase materials and goods by required delivery dates. Inputs transactions and administers a purchasing and contracts system or database. Being a Purchasing Clerk I interacts with suppliers to obtain favorable pricing terms, product specifications, monitor availability, and optimize savings. Expedites delayed orders and resolves issues with changes, returns, replacements, and credit arrangements. Additionally, Purchasing Clerk I coordinates with internal teams to ensure that procurement needs are met promptly and efficiently. Requires a high school diploma. Typically reports to a supervisor or team leader. The Purchasing Clerk I works under the close direction of senior personnel in the functional area. Possesses a moderate understanding of general aspects of the job. May require 0-1 year of general work experience. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

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Career Path for Purchasing Clerk I

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 Purchasing Clerk I, the first career path typically progresses to Gas Supply Manager.

The second career path typically progresses to IT Procurement Manager.

Additionally, the third career path typically starts with a Purchasing Clerk II position, and then progresses to Purchasing Supervisor.

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Purchasing Clerk I salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Purchasing Clerk I, the highest Purchasing Clerk I salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Purchasing Clerk I salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Purchasing Clerk I salary is in Miami, FL, where the Purchasing Clerk I 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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