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Director of Purchasing Salary

Somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Directors of Purchasing in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $53K to $150K per year, but median earnings come to around $90K per year. Cash earnings for Directors of Purchasing — including $29K in bonuses and $15K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $53K to $150K depending on individual performance. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Directors of Purchasing greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$53,779 - $131,003
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $89,817
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$14.54 - $40.47
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$53,779 - $131,003  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $28,556  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,263  
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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$53,334 - $150,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 623
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.54 - $40.47  
   
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 - $28,556  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,263  
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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$53,334 - $150,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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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 an upper level Purchasing Director position and may see a small drop in pay. Purchasing Directors earn $84K on average.

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Popular Skills for Director of Purchasing


Survey results imply that Directors of Purchasing put a diverse skill set 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 52 percent, 34 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Contract Negotiation are similarly competent in 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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $62K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $81K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $101K on average. 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 $111K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Directors of Purchasing, working in the bustling city of Detroit has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Directors of Purchasing will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+15 percent), Denver (+13 percent), Las Vegas (+11 percent), and Atlanta (+11 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Directors of Purchasing in Miami earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 18 percent less in New York and 14 percent less in Los Angeles, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Director of Purchasing Salaries



National Average
$96,000



Skills That Affect Director of Purchasing Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 52%

Purchasing
up arrow 34%

People Management
up arrow 15%

Budget Management
up arrow 6%

Forecasting
up arrow 4%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 3%

Inventory Management
0%

National Average
$96,000

Procurement
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 171 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 8%