Purchasing Manager Salary

Slightly more than half of Purchasing Managers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $40K to $100K per year, and the average comes out to $64K annually. Total cash earnings of Purchasing Managers range from $40K on the low end to $100K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $14K and $10K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Work is enjoyable for Purchasing Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$42,684 - $97,329
$43K
$64K
$97K
MEDIAN: $64,227
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50%
90%

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$14.38 - $28.24
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.39
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$42,684 - $97,329  
   
Bonus
$406.67 - $14,467  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,836  
Commission
$1,745 - $10,304  
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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$40,152 - $100,290  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.38 - $28.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.17  
Overtime
$20.98 - $38.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$406.67 - $14,467  
   
Commission
$1,745 - $10,304  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,836  
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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$40,152 - $100,290  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 433

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Purchasing Manager


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There are some Purchasing Managers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Directors of Supply Chain Management, where earnings are an average $122K annually. Purchasing Directors or Supply Chain Managers are common next-step roles for Purchasing Managers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Purchasing Directors is $22K higher on average, and it's $19K higher for Supply Chain Managers.

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Popular Skills for Purchasing Manager


Purchasing Managers report using a large range 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Inventory Control, Inventory Management, and Microsoft Excel. A tool kit that includes Procurement also typically contains Contract Negotiation, Vendor Management, and Negotiation. Most people skilled in Inventory Management are similarly competent in Vendor Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Manager

Pay by Experience for a Purchasing Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Purchasing Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 1,114 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Purchasing Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 1,172 salaries. An experienced Purchasing Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 1,430 salaries. A Purchasing Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 788 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $62,743

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

Geographically speaking, the highest compensation can be found in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles — the three largest cities in the United States. Phoenix ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Workers in Miami and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less and 16 percent less, respectively).

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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 572 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Purchasing Manager Salaries

▲19%

▲12%

▲1%

National Average
$63,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect Purchasing Manager Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 572 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
22%
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%
no benefits
None: 16%
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