Purchasing Director Salary

With somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Purchasing Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Purchasing Directors is $86K per year and can range from $49K on the lower end to $150K per year near the higher end. Final cash compensation to Purchasing Directors varies from around $49K to approximately $150K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $30K and $20K, respectively. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The majority of Purchasing Directors (63 percent) who took the survey are men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$52,407 - $137,196
$52K
$86K
$140K
MEDIAN: $86,350
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50%
90%

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$14.68 - $35.23
$15
$18
$35
MEDIAN: $17.80
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$0$150K
Salary $52,407 - $137,196
Bonus $1,010 - $29,541
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $19,653
Commission $5,000
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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$49,133 - $150,185
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 269
Hourly Data $0$2K
Hourly Rate $14.68 - $35.23
Overtime $-0.50 - $2,285
Annual Data $0$150K
Bonus $1,010 - $29,541
Commission $5,000
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $19,653
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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$49,133 - $150,185
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 18

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Purchasing Director


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While Purchasing Directors do not often become VPs of Operations, the job pays $124K per year on average. Purchasing Directors typically move into roles as Directors of Supply Chain Management or Procurement Directors, and those positions pay $31K more and $26K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Director


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Project Management, People Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 46 percent, 26 percent, and 24 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Inventory Management and Purchasing. The majority of those who know Contract Negotiation also know Inventory Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Director

Pay by Experience for a Purchasing Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Purchasing Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 64 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Purchasing Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 74 salaries. An experienced Purchasing Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 134 salaries. A Purchasing Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 96 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $90,669

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Purchasing Directors, Charlotte provides a pay rate that is 45 percent greater than the national average. Purchasing Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Cleveland (+21 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Philadelphia (+10 percent). Purchasing Directors in Cincinnati make 28 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

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Key Stats for Purchasing Director

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
34%
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Experience Affects Purchasing Director Salaries

▲10%

▲10%

National Average
$91,000

▼3%

▼34%

Skills That Affect Purchasing Director Salaries

Project Management
▲46%

People Management
▲26%

Budget Management
▲24%


Procurement
▼0%

National Average
$91,000

▼2%

Purchasing
▼12%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 10%
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