Purchasing Director Salary

Purchasing Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and between two-thirds and three-fourths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $87K annually, but may range from $51K to $151K per year. Cash earnings for Purchasing Directors — which occasionally include more than $29K from bonuses and more than $19K from profit sharing — stretch from around $51K to approximately $151K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Male Purchasing Directors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$52,182 - $130,120
(Median)
$52K
$87K
$130K
MEDIAN: $86,585
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50%
90%

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$13.52 - $41.09
(Median)
$14
$21
$41
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$52,182 - $130,120  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,233  
Profit Sharing
$398.66 - $19,392  
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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$50,538 - $150,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 403
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$13.52 - $41.09  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,233  
   
Profit Sharing
$398.66 - $19,392  
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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$50,538 - $150,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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

  • 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 Purchasing Director


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As Purchasing Directors transition into upper-level roles such as VP of Operations, they may see a strong upturn in salary. VPs of Operations earn $123K on average per year.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Director


Purchasing Directors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Negotiation, Procurement, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Purchasing, Project Management, and Inventory Management. Those proficient in Contract Negotiation are, more often than not, also skilled in Inventory Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Director

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


Purchasing Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $62K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $80K. Purchasing Directors see a median salary of $99K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $101K on average.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Director Salaries



National Average
$90,000



Skills That Affect Purchasing Director Salaries


Negotiation
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National Average
$90,000



Purchasing
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Project Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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