Purchasing Director Salary

Purchasing Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with more than two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $87K per year on average but can range from $51K to $152K per year. Cash earnings for Purchasing Directors — including $30K in bonuses and $24K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $51K to $152K depending on individual performance. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Purchasing Directors is high. Male Purchasing Directors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$51,934 - $128,405
(Median)
$52K
$87K
$130K
MEDIAN: $86,838
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$12.24 - $41.17
(Median)
$12
$20
$41
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$51,934 - $128,405  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,422  
Profit Sharing
$395.94 - $24,361  
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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$50,868 - $152,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 383
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.24 - $41.17  
   
Overtime
$0.14 - $41.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $30,422  
   
Profit Sharing
$395.94 - $24,361  
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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$50,868 - $152,278  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | 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.

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There are some Purchasing Directors — though it's uncommon — that transition into VPs of Operations, where earnings are an average $122K annually.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Director


Purchasing Directors who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional 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. It is often found that people who know Contract Negotiation are also skilled 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $59K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $77K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $100K. Purchasing Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $104K on average.

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Experience Affects Purchasing Director Salaries



National Average
$89,000



Skills That Affect Purchasing Director Salaries



National Average
$89,000


Purchasing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

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: 92% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 6%
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