Purchasing Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just over a half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $65K per year on average but can range from $40K to $101K per year. Overall incomes of Purchasing Managers — including $15K bonuses, $10K profit sharing proceeds, and $10K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $40K and $101K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Job satisfaction for Purchasing Managers is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$42,608 - $97,409
$43K
$65K
$97K
MEDIAN: $64,615
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$14.44 - $28.07
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MEDIAN: $19.57
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,608 - $97,409  
   
Bonus
$485.45 - $14,609  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,925  
Commission
$1,762 - $10,213  
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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$40,307 - $100,624  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,305
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.44 - $28.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.17  
Overtime
$20.35 - $38.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$485.45 - $14,609  
   
Commission
$1,762 - $10,213  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,925  
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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$40,307 - $100,624  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 444

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Job Description for Purchasing Manager

Purchasing managers are involved in all aspects of the company’s business, from development to finding costs savings to corporate strategy to production. A successful purchasing manager must be able to review proposals for new projects in a timely manner, and they must maintain frequent interaction with marketing teams to discuss sales proposals and marketing strategies. They also must be skilled at finding cost savings.

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Purchasing Manager Tasks

  • Manage and direct employees involved in the buying, selling or distributions aspects of a company.
  • Analyze and implement purchasing processes and delivery systems.
  • Negotiate purchasing contracts and policies with respective suppliers.

Common Career Paths for Purchasing Manager


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Purchasing Managers who advance into the role of a Director of Supply Chain Management are fairly uncommon. Directors of Supply Chain Management on average earn $122K per year. Purchasing Managers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Purchasing Directors or Supply Chain Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $21K higher and $19K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Manager


Purchasing Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Strategic Planning, Supply Chain, and Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Inventory Control, Inventory Management, and Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Inventory Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Vendor Management. Those who learned Procurement also tend to know Contract Negotiation, Vendor Management, and Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $51K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $63K. For Purchasing Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $71K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $75K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,256

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

For those looking to make money, Purchasing Managers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Purchasing Managers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+17 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), Austin (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Grand Rapids (10 percent less) and Denver (8 percent less).

Purchasing Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Purchasing Manager?

Purchasing Manager in Farmington:
"Good working conditions, people and job duties."
Pros: Working with people and helping get things done so the County can function as it should. Many things to do so it stays interesting.
Cons: Paperwork.

Purchasing Manager in Chicago:
"Corporate."
Pros: Constant challenges, liaison with Accounts Payable, process improvement, system upgrades, people interaction.
Cons: Politics.

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Key Stats for Purchasing Manager

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 592 votes.
031
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Purchasing Manager Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 592 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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