Purchasing Director Salary (United States)

Purchasing Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt—three-fourths have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $51,085 to $151,212 per year, typical earnings come to $92,161 annually. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Nearly all enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Male Purchasing Directors are far more common in the field 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. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Purchasing Director Salary (?
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$51,773 - $127,738
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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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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  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 521
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $41.17  
   
Overtime
$0.21 - $41.11  
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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  
PayScale
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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More often than not, Purchasing Directors can expect a sizeable increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like VP of Operations can offer an extra $29K annually than lower-level jobs in the same field.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Director

Purchasing Directors report a focused set of job skills. Contract Negotiation and Negotiation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 5 percent respectively. Purchasing and Inventory Management as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. The majority of those who know Contract Negotiation also know Inventory Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Director

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For many but not all Purchasing Directors, a key factor in salary decisions is experience; more experience generally yields higher pay. Standard salaries begin at $62K and can reach $77K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures, with the typical worker pulling down $100K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Purchasing Directors earning an average of $104K per year. 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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National Average
$92,000
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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). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, New York is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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

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$92,000
Inventory Management
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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