Purchasing Supervisor Salary
An average Purchasing Supervisor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $56K per year. Cash earnings for Purchasing Supervisors — including $8K in bonuses and $15K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $39K to $82K depending on individual performance. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Women Purchasing Supervisors who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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 sometimes assume positions such as Supply Chain Managers. That role pays $82K per year on average. 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 report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Negotiation, People Management, and Contract Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 14 percent. Those listing Sourcing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Inventory Control and Procurement also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $47K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $53K on average. For Purchasing Supervisors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $58K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Purchasing Supervisor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $66K.
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