Director of Purchasing Salary

Directors of Purchasing who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Directors of Purchasing. Pay fluctuates from $50K to $149K per year, but expected earnings average $93K annually. Final cash compensation to Directors of Purchasing varies from around $50K to approximately $149K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $30K and $18K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. For the most part, Directors of Purchasing enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of Directors of Purchasing (65 percent) survey respondents are male. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$51,836 - $133,824
$52K
$93K
$130K
MEDIAN: $92,562
10%
50%
90%

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$14.71 - $30.41
$15
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,836 - $133,824  
   
Bonus
$981 - $29,873  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $17,500  
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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$49,500 - $149,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 416
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.71 - $30.41  
   
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
$981 - $29,873  
   
Commission
$16,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $17,500  
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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$49,500 - $149,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Director of Purchasing


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Directors of Purchasing may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as VP of Operations. The latter position pays an average of $124K annually.

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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 Sourcing, Project Management, and Purchasing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 67 percent, 40 percent, and 33 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Negotiation, Inventory Management, and Forecasting. Most people experienced in Contract Negotiation also know Forecasting.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Purchasing

Pay by Experience for a Director of Purchasing has a positive trend. An entry-level Director of Purchasing with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 68 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director of Purchasing with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 114 salaries. An experienced Director of Purchasing which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 208 salaries. A Director of Purchasing with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $109,000 based on 160 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $96,028

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

Directors of Purchasing will find that Charlotte offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 40 percent. Directors of Purchasing can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+29 percent), Chicago (+28 percent), Miami (+26 percent), and Orlando (+24 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Detroit, 4 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include New York (3 percent lower) and Los Angeles (1 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Director of Purchasing

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
37%
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Experience Affects Director of Purchasing Salaries

▲14%

▲8%

National Average
$96,000

▼17%

▼28%

Skills That Affect Director of Purchasing Salaries

Sourcing
▲67%

Project Management
▲40%

▲33%

Budget Management
▲6%


Procurement
▼0%

National Average
$96,000


▼4%


Negotiation
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 11%