Purchasing Supervisor Salary
Purchasing Supervisors in the United States can expect wages of $57K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Purchasing Supervisors bottoms out near $39K and approaches $82K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $8K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Women Purchasing Supervisors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Purchasing Supervisor
A purchasing supervisor reviews orders received in the company's computer system to begin the purchasing process. After reviewing the orders to determine what items must be sent out from their facility, the purchasing supervisor contacts the company's vendors to acquire the necessary materials necessary to fill those orders. The purchasing supervisor is in charge of maintaining the storage facility to ensure health and safety codes are upheld. They also perform stock inventories and update the company's inventory system as needed.Read More...
Aside from placing orders with vendors, the purchasing supervisor oversees the inventory receiving process. When a truck arrives in the storage facility's dock, the purchasing supervisor signs off on any necessary paperwork and performs an initial inventory of the shipment while supervising clerks who offload the cargo. The purchasing supervisor tells the clerks where the items should be stored and may operate a forklift to help store the items. On the shipping side, the purchasing supervisor directs clerks on which stored items should be loaded onto the shipping truck. The supervisor often operates equipment such as a forklift to help the clerks in loading the materials. After the shipping or receiving is completed, the purchasing supervisor updates the company's tracking systems.
Requirements vary for the purchasing supervisor position. Generally, previous experience in a related position is required, and a bachelor's degree may be preferred by employers.
Purchasing Supervisor Tasks
- Oversee the ordering of materials, supplies, and equipment from vendors by buyers.
- Evaluate, select, and establish relationships with vendors, and negotiate contracts for goods and services.
- Approve purchases and track their progress to make sure orders are filled and delivered correctly.
- Review purchase orders for accuracy and to make sure the best prices are obtained.
Common Career Paths for Purchasing Supervisor
Purchasing Supervisors who advance into the role of a Supply Chain Manager are fairly uncommon. Supply Chain Managers on average earn $82K per year. More often than not, a Purchasing Manager role is the next step for Purchasing Supervisors moving up in the field. Purchasing Managers usually make $61K per year. Many other Purchasing Supervisors choose to take on a Purchasing Manager role, where salaries are typically $48K.
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Popular Skills for Purchasing Supervisor
Purchasing Supervisors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Negotiation, People Management, and Supply Chain are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Those listing Sourcing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Inventory Control and Microsoft Excel also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Inventory Management also know Contract Negotiation.
Pay by Experience Level for Purchasing Supervisor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Purchasing Supervisors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $47K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $53K. Purchasing Supervisors see a median salary of $58K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $66K.
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