Director of Purchasing Salary

Directors of Purchasing in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — between two-thirds and three-fourths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $53K to $151K per year, median earnings come to $93K annually. Total cash compensation to Directors of Purchasing approaches anywhere from $53K on the lower end to $151K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $30K from bonuses and upwards of $20K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of Directors of Purchasing claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Directors of Purchasing who answered the questionnnaire. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$53,694 - $131,870
(Median)
$54K
$93K
$130K
MEDIAN: $92,506
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$14.00 - $39.74
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$19
$40
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$53,694 - $131,870  
   
Bonus
$-0.42 - $29,599  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,866  
Commission
$3,000  
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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$52,933 - $151,290  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 828
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$14.00 - $39.74  
   
Overtime
$26.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$-0.42 - $29,599  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,866  
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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$52,933 - $151,290  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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 often transition into a Purchasing Director position. Purchasing Directors report a slightly lower median income of $84K.

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Popular Skills for Director of Purchasing


Directors of Purchasing seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Sourcing, Project Management, and Purchasing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 64 percent, 38 percent, and 31 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Negotiation and Inventory Management. For most people, competency in Contract Negotiation indicates knowledge of 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $63K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $81K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $103K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $113K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,827

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

For those looking to make money, Directors of Purchasing in Atlanta enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Directors of Purchasing can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+28 percent), Orlando (+17 percent), Detroit (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Miami Directors of Purchasing earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 18 percent less in Cleveland and 15 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
$98,000



Skills That Affect Director of Purchasing Salaries

Sourcing
up arrow 64%

Project Management
up arrow 38%

Purchasing
up arrow 31%

Budget Management
up arrow 4%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Forecasting
0%

Procurement
0%

National Average
$98,000


Negotiation
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 194 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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