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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 $54K to $151K per year, median earnings come to $91K per year. In the world of Directors of Purchasing, overall income ranges from $54K near the bottom to $151K at the top; this can include more than $29K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Directors of Purchasing are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$54,212 - $132,044
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$54K
$91K
$130K
MEDIAN: $91,451
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$14.26 - $40.11
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$54,212 - $132,044  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,402  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,185  
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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$53,605 - $150,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 717
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$14.26 - $40.11  
   
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,402  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,185  
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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$53,605 - $150,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20

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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 38 percent, 32 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Contract Negotiation are, more often than not, 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Directors of Purchasing. 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 $81K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $103K. Directors of Purchasing who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $112K.

Pay Difference by Location


Charlotte offers some of the highest pay in the country for Directors of Purchasing, 45 percent above the national average. Directors of Purchasing will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+29 percent), Atlanta (+16 percent), Las Vegas (+10 percent), and Orlando (+8 percent). Compared to the national average, Miami Directors of Purchasing have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers in New York and Los Angeles also lean toward paying below-median salaries (18 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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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 38%

Purchasing
up arrow 32%

Budget Management
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 3%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 2%

Forecasting
up arrow 2%

Procurement
up arrow 1%

National Average
$97,000

Inventory Management
up arrow 1%

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
15%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 9%
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