Director of Purchasing Salary

With between two-thirds and three-fourths of Directors of Purchasing in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Directors of Purchasing is $93K annually and can range from $53K on the lower end to $151K per year near the higher end. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $30K and $20K, respectively — total cash payment to Directors of Purchasing can bottom out near $53K or peak near $151K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Making up 71 percent of those who took the survey, male Directors of Purchasing greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$53,694 - $131,870
(Median)
$54K
$93K
$130K
MEDIAN: $92,506
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$14.00 - $39.74
(Median)
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$19
$40
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary 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$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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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.00 - $39.74  
   
Overtime
$26.04  
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$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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Many Directors of Purchasing transition into upper-level roles like Purchasing Director. However, Purchasing Directors do report a slightly lower median income of $84K per year.

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Popular Skills for Director of Purchasing


Survey results suggest that Directors of Purchasing use a fairly large toolkit of professional 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $63K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $81K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $103K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $113K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $97,827

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

For Directors of Purchasing, Atlanta provides a pay rate that is 30 percent greater than 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). 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. Cleveland and New York are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 18 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively.

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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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