Purchasing Director Salary

With a little under three-quarters of Purchasing Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Purchasing Directors is $88K per year and can range from $51K on the lower end to $152K per year near the higher end. In the world of Purchasing Directors, total cash compensation can vary between $51K and $152K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $30K and $24K, respectively. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Purchasing Directors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,069 - $127,329
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$51K
$88K
$130K
MEDIAN: $87,834
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$10.36 - $41.30
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$41
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$51,069 - $127,329  
   
Bonus
$0.70 - $30,212  
Profit Sharing
$397.32 - $24,240  
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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$50,992 - $151,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 420
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $41.30  
   
Overtime
$0.14 - $41.43  
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
$0.70 - $30,212  
   
Profit Sharing
$397.32 - $24,240  
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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$50,992 - $151,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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.

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Purchasing Directors who move on to become VPs of Operations may enjoy significant pay raises, as VPs of Operations get paid an average of $122K per year.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Director


Survey takers who work as Purchasing Directors usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Negotiation, Contract Negotiation, Inventory Management, and Purchasing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Purchasing and Inventory Management as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. It is often found that people who know Contract Negotiation are 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.


For many Purchasing Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $58K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $76K on average. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $101K. Purchasing Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $102K.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Director Salaries



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$90,000



Skills That Affect Purchasing Director Salaries



National Average
$90,000


Purchasing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 5%