Purchasing Director Salary (United States)

Seasoned employees—those with more than 10 years of experience in the field—make up the largest chunk of Purchasing Directors in the United States, more than three-quarters. There is a range in pay— $51,085 to $151,212 per year—with average salary amounting to $92,161 annually. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $51,773 on the lower end to $127,738 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $30K from bonuses and upwards of $15,406 from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; the vast majority receive medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision insurance. Male Purchasing Directors are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 521
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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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Additional career progression often leads to a hefty increase in pay for Purchasing Directors. At the upper end, those who move into a VP of Operations role can bring in an extra $29K per year.

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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. Contract Negotiation and Negotiation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 5 percent respectively. Those listing Purchasing and Inventory Management as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. 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.
Pay for Purchasing Directors increases steadily with experience. Salaries can reach $77K from $62K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, workers enjoy a boost in pay; earnings increase to six figures, hovering around $100K. Salary increase slows as Purchasing Directors pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $104K. The majority of Purchasing Directors have only 10 to 20 years of practice in the field. Workers with more than 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with one to 10 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
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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). In New York, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Director Salaries

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$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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