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Purchasing Director Salary (United States)

Purchasing Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent roughly three-fourths of Purchasing Directors. Salaries average out to around $88K per year and spread from $51K to $151K per year. Final cash compensation to Purchasing Directors varies from around $51K to approximately $151K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $30K and $15K, respectively. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Nearly all enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Purchasing Directors are men (74 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Purchasing Director Salary (?
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$51,773 - $127,738
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $88,350
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Purchasing Director Salary (?
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$10.11 - $41.17
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$51,773 - $127,738  
   
Bonus
$240.88 - $29,989  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $15,406  
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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$51,085 - $151,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 521
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $41.17  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $41.11  
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
$240.88 - $29,989  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $15,406  
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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$51,085 - $151,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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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Though some Purchasing Directors move into positions like VP of Operations (where the average salary is $122K), this progression is not the norm.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Director

Purchasing Directors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Negotiation, Inventory Management, and Purchasing are correlated to pay that is above average. Purchasing and Inventory Management as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Most people who know Contract Negotiation also know Inventory Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Purchasing Directors. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $62K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $76K on average. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $100K. Purchasing Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $104K. Purchasing Directors with 10 to 20 years in the field are most commonly found while those with more than 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with one to 10 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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Chicago
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National Average
$92,000
New York
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With a pay rate for Purchasing Directors that is 49 percent greater than the national average, Philadelphia offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Purchasing Directors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+21 percent). In New York, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Director Salaries

National Average
$92,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Purchasing Director Salaries

National Average
$92,000
Inventory Management
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Purchasing
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 155 votes.

Gender

Female
26%
female alumni
 
Male
74%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 5%