Directors of Purchasing in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Directors of Purchasing. Salaries average out to around $93K annually and spread from $50K to $150K per year. Final cash compensation to Directors of Purchasing varies from around $50K to approximately $150K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $30K and $20K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 67 percent of Directors of Purchasing are male. The majority of Directors of Purchasing claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$52,436 - $133,955
$52K
$93K
$130K
MEDIAN: $93,383
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90%

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$13.81 - $30.41
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MEDIAN: $16.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,436 - $133,955  
   
Bonus
$1,033 - $29,873  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,111  
Commission
$16,500  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$50,241 - $149,613  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 442
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.81 - $30.41  
   
Overtime
$12.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,033 - $29,873  
   
Commission
$16,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,111  
Total Pay (?
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).
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$50,241 - $149,613  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17

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Job Description for Director of Purchasing

The director of purchasing oversees purchasing operations for their company.

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Director of Purchasing Tasks

  • Handle paperwork for purchase orders and keep records of inventory and transactions.
  • Research vendors, determine which ones have the best services and prices, and negotiate contracts with vendors.
  • Maintain inventory levels, planning when to make purchases and how to distribute goods.
  • Hire, train, and supervise staff in charge of vendor transactions and inventory.

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Directors of Purchasing' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a VP of Operations. The average VP of Operations brings home $123K per year.

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Popular Skills for Director of Purchasing


Survey results show that Directors of Purchasing use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Sourcing, Project Management, and Purchasing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 63 percent, 38 percent, and 31 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Negotiation and Inventory Management. It is often found that people who know Contract Negotiation are also skilled in Forecasting.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Purchasing

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


For many Directors of Purchasing, more experience generally translates to higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $71K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $80K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $105K on average. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $110K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,891

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, Directors of Purchasing in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. Directors of Purchasing can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+24 percent), Atlanta (+23 percent), Orlando (+22 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). Dallas ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Workers in New York and Detroit earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Director of Purchasing

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.
037
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
36%
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Experience Affects Director of Purchasing Salaries



National Average
$98,000



Skills That Affect Director of Purchasing Salaries

Sourcing
up arrow 63%

Project Management
up arrow 38%

Purchasing
up arrow 31%


Budget Management
up arrow 4%


Procurement
0%

National Average
$98,000



Negotiation
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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