Directors of Purchasing in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent more than two-thirds of Directors of Purchasing. Salaries average out to around $93K annually and spread from $50K to $150K per year. Total incomes of Directors of Purchasing incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $30K from bonuses and close to $20K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $50K and $150K. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Directors of Purchasing report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Male Directors of Purchasing are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 68 percent of professionals. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,371 - $133,006
(Median)
$51K
$93K
$130K
MEDIAN: $92,728
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90%

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$13.70 - $30.64
(Median)
$14
$18
$31
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,371 - $133,006  
   
Bonus
$1,012 - $29,873  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,998  
Commission
$16,500  
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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$49,775 - $149,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 464
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $30.64  
   
Overtime
$12.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,012 - $29,873  
   
Commission
$16,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,998  
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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$49,775 - $149,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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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As Directors of Purchasing transition into upper-level roles such as VP of Operations, they may see a strong upturn in salary. VPs of Operations earn $123K on average per year.

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Popular Skills for Director of Purchasing


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Negotiation, Inventory Management, and People Management. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $62K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $80K on average. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $105K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $110K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,285

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

For Directors of Purchasing, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Directors of Purchasing can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+16 percent), Miami (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and Orlando (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Cleveland. Below-median salaries also turn up in New York and Dallas (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Director of Purchasing Salaries



National Average
$97,000



Skills That Affect Director of Purchasing Salaries

Sourcing
up arrow 64%

Project Management
up arrow 38%

Purchasing
up arrow 31%


Budget Management
up arrow 5%

Procurement
0%

National Average
$97,000

Forecasting
up arrow 2%

People Management
up arrow 3%


Negotiation
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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