Director, Strategic Sourcing Salary

Median pay for Directors of Strategic Sourcing in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $130K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $37K and $35K, respectively — total cash payment to Directors of Strategic Sourcing can bottom out near $94K or peak near $195K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Directors of Strategic Sourcing are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. For the most part, Directors of Strategic Sourcing enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn vision coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$88,878 - $164,595
MEDIAN: $130,377

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$88,878 - $164,595  
$5,157 - $36,962  
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $35,000  
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$93,658 - $195,075  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 252
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Job Description for Director, Strategic Sourcing

Directors of strategic sourcing provide executive leadership related to strategic procurement within their organization. Most of their work revolves around communicating with other employees and clients. These professionals are responsible for negotiating with executives in other organizations to achieve desired outcomes, attending internal meetings to develop strategic policy within the organization, and helping create and implement internal sourcing strategies. They must perform supplier management and development, as well as accurately asses suppliers' capabilities as they relate to company needs.


Director, Strategic Sourcing Tasks

  • Negotiate contracts with vendors for the purchase and delivery of goods.
  • Research vendors to determine which suppliers have the best prices, reliability, and quality.
  • Lead efforts to improve supply chain efficiency, maintain product quality standards, and reduce costs.
  • Manage a company’s purchase of supplies and lead the development and implementation of procurement strategies.
  • Supervise and direct the work of strategic sourcing personnel.

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Popular Skills for Director, Strategic Sourcing

Survey results suggest that Directors of Strategic Sourcing use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Negotiation, Strategic Planning, Contract Negotiation, and Procurement are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Vendor Management. Those familiar with Contract Negotiation also tend to know Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Director, Strategic Sourcing

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $109K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $135K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $150K in this role. Directors of Strategic Sourcing who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $156K on average.

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Experience Affects Director, Strategic Sourcing Salaries

National Average

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Skills That Affect Director, Strategic Sourcing Salaries

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Strategic Planning
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Contract Negotiation
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Vendor Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.


27 %
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
medical benefits
Vision: 79%
dental benefits
None: 5%