Director of Purchasing Salary

The majority of Directors of Purchasing in the United States — more than two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $54K to $151K per year, and the median is $91K annually. With some bonuses approaching $29K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of Directors of Purchasing spread between $54K and $151K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Directors of Purchasing who answered the questionnnaire. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$54,057 - $132,073
(Median)
$54K
$91K
$130K
MEDIAN: $91,002
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$14.18 - $40.29
(Median)
$14
$19
$40
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$54,057 - $132,073  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,285  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,343  
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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$53,565 - $151,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 696
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$14.18 - $40.29  
   
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 - $29,285  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $15,343  
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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$53,565 - $151,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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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 report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Purchasing, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 32 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Most people who know Contract Negotiation also know Forecasting.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Purchasing

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Directors of Purchasing. The average beginner in this position makes around $62K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $82K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $103K. Directors of Purchasing with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $112K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Directors of Purchasing, working in the bustling city of Charlotte has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Directors of Purchasing can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Detroit (+29 percent), Atlanta (+16 percent), Las Vegas (+10 percent), and Orlando (+8 percent). Directors of Purchasing in Miami take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 23 percent less than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include New York (18 percent lower) and Los Angeles (13 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Director of Purchasing Salaries



National Average
$97,000



Skills That Affect Director of Purchasing Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 39%

Purchasing
up arrow 32%

Budget Management
up arrow 5%

Forecasting
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 3%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 2%

Procurement
up arrow 1%

Inventory Management
0%

National Average
$97,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 9%