Director of Purchasing Salary

Directors of Purchasing in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — more than two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $53K to $151K per year, median earnings come to $92K annually. In the world of Directors of Purchasing, total cash compensation can vary between $53K and $151K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $30K and $15K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Directors of Purchasing greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Directors of Purchasing claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$54,134 - $132,618
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$54K
$92K
$130K
MEDIAN: $91,680
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$14.37 - $39.84
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$19
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$54,134 - $132,618  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,502  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,277  
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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$53,221 - $151,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 754
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Hourly Rate
$14.37 - $39.84  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,502  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,277  
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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$53,221 - $151,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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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Popular Skills for Director of Purchasing


Directors of Purchasing report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Purchasing, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 32 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Negotiation. Those educated in Contract Negotiation tend to be well versed in Forecasting.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Purchasing

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


Directors of Purchasing with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $62K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $80K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $103K. Directors of Purchasing 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 $113K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Directors of Purchasing in Charlotte enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 50 percent above the national average. Directors of Purchasing can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Detroit (+35 percent), Las Vegas (+10 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), and Boston (+7 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Directors of Purchasing is geography, with workers in Cleveland earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 23 percent less in Miami and 17 percent less in New York, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Director of Purchasing Salaries



National Average
$97,000



Skills That Affect Director of Purchasing Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 39%

Purchasing
up arrow 32%

Budget Management
up arrow 5%

People Management
up arrow 3%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 2%

Forecasting
up arrow 2%

Procurement
0%

National Average
$97,000

Inventory Management
up arrow 2%

Negotiation
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 191 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 8%
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