Purchasing Director Salary

Purchasing Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up a little under three-quarters of Purchasing Directors. Pay fluctuates from $51K to $152K per year, but expected earnings average $87K per year. With some bonuses approaching $30K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $24K, overall incomes of Purchasing Directors spread between $51K and $152K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Purchasing Directors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Purchasing Directors. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$52,276 - $128,829
(Median)
$52K
$87K
$130K
MEDIAN: $86,565
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$12.20 - $41.30
(Median)
$12
$20
$41
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$52,276 - $128,829  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,354  
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $24,468  
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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$51,370 - $152,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.20 - $41.30  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $41.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,354  
   
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $24,468  
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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$51,370 - $152,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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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Purchasing Directors might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as VP of Operations, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $122K per year.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Director


Purchasing Directors only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Negotiation, Contract Negotiation, Inventory Management, and Purchasing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Purchasing and Inventory Management. Most people experienced in 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.


Purchasing Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $60K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $76K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Purchasing Directors make a median salary of $100K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $103K.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Director Salaries



National Average
$89,000



Skills That Affect Purchasing Director Salaries



National Average
$89,000


Purchasing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 7%
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