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Purchasing Director Salary (United States)

Between two-thirds and three-fourths of Purchasing Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $52K to $151K per year, and the average comes out to $88K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $30K and $16K, respectively — total cash payment to Purchasing Directors can bottom out near $52K or peak near $151K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Purchasing Directors who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Purchasing Directors. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Purchasing Director Salary (?
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$51,948 - $127,117
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MEDIAN: $87,970
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Purchasing Director Salary (?
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$12.10 - $41.60
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$51,948 - $127,117  
   
Bonus
$192.19 - $30,047  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $15,586  
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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$51,888 - $151,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 468
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $41.60  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $41.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$192.19 - $30,047  
   
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $15,586  
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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$51,888 - $151,473  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 21
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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.

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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 Contract Negotiation, Negotiation, Inventory Management, and Purchasing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.
Purchasing Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $62K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $77K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $100K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $103K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$91,000
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Purchasing Directors, Philadelphia provides a pay rate that is 51 percent greater than the national average. Purchasing Directors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in New York, 9 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Director Salaries

National Average
$91,000

Skills That Affect Purchasing Director Salaries

Contract Negotiation
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$91,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
25%
female alumni
 
Male
75%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 4%