Purchasing Managers in the United States can expect wages of $52K annually on average. Overall cash earnings for Purchasing Managers stretch from $32K on the lower end to $79K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $10K from bonuses and $9K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Just over one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and over one-half claim dental coverage as well. Women Purchasing Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most Purchasing Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$36,092 - $81,087
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$52K
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MEDIAN: $52,230
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$12.66 - $23.60
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MEDIAN: $17.41
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$36,092 - $81,087  
   
Bonus
$100.67 - $9,807  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,000  
Commission
$5,000  
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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$31,685 - $78,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 430
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.66 - $23.60  
   
Overtime
$17.89 - $33.66  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$100.67 - $9,807  
   
Commission
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,000  
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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$31,685 - $78,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 212

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Job Description for Inventory / Purchasing Manager

An inventory or purchasing manager is a supervisor that is responsible for managing the inventory for their organization. They are responsible for buying supplies, materials, and parts for the job they are tasked to complete. The purchasing they oversee may be routine, it may change frequently, or it may involve a mix of both. Depending on the employer, the inventory or purchasing manager may work with a team (in which they ensure that the inventory and purchasing needs of the company are met) or they may perform this work independently.

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Inventory / Purchasing Manager Tasks

  • Manage and direct employees involved in the buying, selling or distributions aspects of a company.
  • Analyze and implement purchasing processes and delivery systems.
  • Negotiate purchasing contracts and policies with respective suppliers.

Common Career Paths for Inventory / Purchasing Manager


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While Purchasing Managers do not often become Directors of Supply Chain Management, the job pays $122K per year on average. As Purchasing Managers progress in their field, many go on to become Operations Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $59K per year. Another common career choice for Purchasing Managers is to move into an Inventory Control Manager role. Typically, Inventory Control Managers get paid $45K.

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Popular Skills for Inventory / Purchasing Manager


Purchasing Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Procurement, Project Management, and Forecasting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 83 percent, 37 percent, and 25 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Purchasing, Order Inventory, and Inventory Control. For most people, competency in Inventory Control indicates knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Materials Requirement Planning (MRP).

Pay by Experience Level for Inventory / Purchasing Manager

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Purchasing Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $40K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $49K. For Purchasing Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $54K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,401

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For Purchasing Managers, busy Atlanta offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 65 percent above the national average. Purchasing Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+56 percent), Tampa (+27 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Denver (+17 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Purchasing Managers is geography, with workers in San Diego earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis (16 percent lower) and Pittsburgh (8 percent lower).

Inventory / Purchasing Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Inventory / Purchasing Manager?

Inventory / Purchasing Manager in Reno:
"Great."
Pros: I love the challenge. The ability to use my brain and purchase inventory to keep the business going. I feel important in my position.
Cons: How hectic the job requirements tend to be.

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Key Stats for Inventory / Purchasing Manager

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 132 votes.
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Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Inventory / Purchasing Manager Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Inventory / Purchasing Manager Salaries

Procurement
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Project Management
up arrow 37%

Forecasting
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Inventory Management
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National Average
$47,000






Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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