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Director of Purchasing Salary (United States)

Directors of Purchasing in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with a little under three-quarters bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $91K per year on average but can range from $54K to $150K per year. Cash earnings for Directors of Purchasing — which occasionally include more than $29K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing — stretch from around $54K to approximately $150K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all workers enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Directors of Purchasing. Job satisfaction for Directors of Purchasing is high. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Director of Purchasing Salary (?
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$54,319 - $130,937
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MEDIAN: $90,672
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Director of Purchasing Salary (?
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$14.40 - $40.66
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,319 - $130,937  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $28,773  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,795  
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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$53,920 - $149,801  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 553
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.40 - $40.66  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $28,773  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,795  
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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$53,920 - $149,801  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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.

Common Career Paths for Director of Purchasing

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Directors of Purchasing who assume a higher-end position such as a Purchasing Director tend to get paid a little bit less, as Purchasing Directors usually bring home $84K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Purchasing

Survey results suggest that Directors of Purchasing put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Purchasing, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 50 percent, 32 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in Contract Negotiation also know 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $62K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $81K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $102K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $115K.

Pay Difference By Location

Detroit
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Denver
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Dallas
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Las Vegas
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Boston
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Houston
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Chicago
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National Average
$97,000
Cincinnati
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Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Directors of Purchasing in Detroit receive some of the highest pay in the country. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Atlanta, Denver, Dallas, and Minneapolis, where Directors of Purchasing typically earn around 23 percent, 23 percent, 13 percent, and 13 percent more than usual. Directors of Purchasing' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Directors of Purchasing in Miami bring in salaries that are 23 percent lower than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in New York (23 percent lower) and Los Angeles (13 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Director of Purchasing Salaries

National Average
$97,000

Skills That Affect Director of Purchasing Salaries

Project Management
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Purchasing
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People Management
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Procurement
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Budget Management
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Forecasting
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Contract Negotiation
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Inventory Management
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National Average
$97,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 156 votes.

Gender

Female
26%
female alumni
 
Male
74%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 8%