Purchasing Director Salary

Purchasing Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Purchasing Directors. Salaries average out to around $86K per year and spread from $51K to $151K per year. Total cash compensation to Purchasing Directors approaches anywhere from $51K on the lower end to $151K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $30K from bonuses and upwards of $15K from profit sharing. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Purchasing Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Purchasing Directors survey respondents are men (72 percent). Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$51,801 - $126,925

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$12.20 - $41.30

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$51,801 - $126,925  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,895  
Profit Sharing
$393.05 - $15,361  
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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$50,991 - $150,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 368
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.20 - $41.30  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $41.72  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $29,895  
   
Profit Sharing
$393.05 - $15,361  
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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$50,991 - $150,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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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It's not very common for Purchasing Directors to move on to become VPs of Operations. Average pay for a VP of Operations is $122K annually.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Director


Typical Purchasing Directors report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Negotiation, Contract Negotiation, Inventory Management, and Purchasing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Purchasing and Inventory Management. Most people who know 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $60K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $77K. Purchasing Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $99K. 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 $102K.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Director Salaries



National Average
$88,000



Skills That Affect Purchasing Director Salaries



National Average
$88,000


Purchasing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 6%
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