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Purchasing Director Salary

With a little under three-quarters of Purchasing Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $51K to $152K per year and averages out to $88K annually. Cash earnings for Purchasing Directors — which occasionally include more than $30K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing — stretch from around $51K to approximately $152K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Purchasing Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Purchasing Directors who answered the questionnnaire. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,645 - $127,456
(Median)
$52K
$88K
$130K
MEDIAN: $87,664
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90%

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$12.20 - $41.30
(Median)
$12
$20
$41
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
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
$51,645 - $127,456  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,293  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $20,000  
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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$50,947 - $152,115  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 407
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.20 - $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
$0.00 - $30,293  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $20,000  
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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$50,947 - $152,115  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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Advancing into a VP of Operations role seems to be a popular career move for Purchasing Directors, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


For many Purchasing Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $58K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $77K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $101K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $103K.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Director Salaries



National Average
$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 98 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
40%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 5%
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