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Purchasing Director Salary

The majority of Purchasing Directors in the United States — between two-thirds and three-fourths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $51K to $152K per year, and the median is $87K annually. Total cash compensation to Purchasing Directors approaches anywhere from $51K on the lower end to $152K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $30K from bonuses and upwards of $24K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Purchasing Directors. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Purchasing Directors who answered the questionnnaire. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,558 - $127,289
(Median)
$52K
$87K
$130K
MEDIAN: $87,359
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$12.24 - $41.17
(Median)
$12
$20
$41
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$51,558 - $127,289  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,376  
Profit Sharing
$398.66 - $24,088  
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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$50,676 - $151,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 403
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.24 - $41.17  
   
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
$0.00 - $30,376  
   
Profit Sharing
$398.66 - $24,088  
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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$50,676 - $151,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | 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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There are some Purchasing Directors — though it's uncommon — that transition into VPs of Operations, where earnings are an average $122K annually.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Director


Purchasing Directors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Negotiation, Contract Negotiation, Inventory Management, and Purchasing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Purchasing and Inventory Management. Those educated in Contract Negotiation tend to be well versed in Inventory Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Director

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Purchasing Directors. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $58K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $77K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $101K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $104K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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 94 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 6%
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