Purchasing Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — roughly two in three have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $48K to $151K per year, median earnings come to $89K annually. Total cash earnings of Purchasing Directors range from $48K on the low end to $151K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $29K and $19K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Purchasing Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men account for the majority of Purchasing Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 65 percent to be exact. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$51,614 - $135,354
$52K
$89K
$140K
MEDIAN: $88,655
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$13.70 - $27.68
$14
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$28
MEDIAN: $16.54
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$51,614 - $135,354  
   
Bonus
$1,184 - $28,844  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,489  
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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$47,524 - $150,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 281
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $27.68  
   
Overtime
$24.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,184 - $28,844  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,489  
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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$47,524 - $150,972  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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Job Description for Purchasing Director

The purchasing director is typically responsible for overseeing their organization's purchasing, logistics, and operations staff. Their main objective is to ensure that all departmental employees are providing high-quality work and meeting all company standards. Purchasing directors provides leadership to supply chain and operations employees and ensure purchasing requests are completed in a timely, efficient manner. Purchasing directors are responsible for overseeing all aspects of the purchasing, logistics, and operations departments, as well as establishing guidelines for approving purchase orders. Additionally, purchasing directors must lead cost-reduction initiatives, inventory management, and materials budgets. They provide final analysis on corporate suppliers and perform continuous research to develop best practices within their departments. A purchasing director usually reports directly to the chief financial officer (CFO) of an organization.

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Purchasing Director 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 Purchasing Director


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Though some Purchasing Directors move into positions like VP of Operations (where the average salary is $123K), this progression is not the norm. Typical career progression for a Purchasing Director involves becoming a Director of Supply Chain Management or a Procurement Director, roles that pay $30K more and $24K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Director


Survey results show that Purchasing Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management, People Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 45 percent, 25 percent, and 23 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Inventory Management and Purchasing. For most people, competency in Contract Negotiation indicates knowledge of Inventory Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Director

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $60K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $88K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $102K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Purchasing Directors report making only $101K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $91,273

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

Charlotte offers some of the highest pay in the country for Purchasing Directors, 44 percent above the national average. Purchasing Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+23 percent), Cleveland (+21 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and Philadelphia (+10 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Purchasing Directors is geography, with workers in Cincinnati earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Purchasing Director

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.
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Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
33%
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Experience Affects Purchasing Director Salaries



National Average
$91,000



Skills That Affect Purchasing Director Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 45%

People Management
up arrow 25%

Budget Management
up arrow 23%


Negotiation
0%

National Average
$91,000


Purchasing
up arrow 13%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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