Director of Purchasing Salary (United States)

Purchasing Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with around three-quarters bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $97,421 per year, on average, but can range from $53,920 to $149,801 per year. With some bonuses approaching $29K and certain profit sharing proceeds close to $14,795, overall incomes in the Purchasing Directors from $54,319 to $130,937 depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and more than half get vision benefits. Most Purchasing Directors are men (74 percent). Work is enjoyable for the better half of Purchasing Directors who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 553
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Hourly Rate
$14.40 - $40.66  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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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Purchasing Directors can expect a slight downturn in earnings as they climb the career ladder. It is standard for top-notch roles like Purchasing Director to offer a smaller salary than lower-level jobs in the same field.

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Popular Skills for Director of Purchasing

Purchasing Directors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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. 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.
Purchasing Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Starting out, salaries fall in the $62K range but grow to $81K after five to 10 years. Paychecks spring to six figures after 10 to 20 years on the job, approximating $102K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Purchasing Directors earning an average of $115K per year.

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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Houston
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National Average
$97,000
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For Purchasing Directors, Detroit provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Atlanta, Denver, Dallas, and Minneapolis, top-paying markets where Purchasing Directors rake in more than the national norm (+23 percent, +23 percent, +13 percent, and +13 percent). Purchasing Directors in Miami take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 23 percent less than the national average. Employers in New York and Los Angeles also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-23 percent and -13 percent, respectively).

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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%
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