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.

$40,144 - $81,865
$40K
$57K
$82K
MEDIAN: $56,654
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$13.52 - $25.93
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MEDIAN: $20.08
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,144 - $81,865  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,064  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $9,696  
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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$38,523 - $81,519  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 279
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.52 - $25.93  
   
Overtime
$12.25 - $41.24  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,064  
   
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $9,696  
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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$38,523 - $81,519  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 69

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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.

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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


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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.

Purchasing Supervisor Reviews

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

Purchasing Supervisor in Louisville:
"High expectations, low pay."
Pros: Flexible on arrival/ departure times, little micromanagement most of the time. Rarely pressured by management to work more than 40 hours per week.
Cons: Absurd expectations from those at the EVP and C Suite level. They'll give you a hammer and a handful of rusty nails and expect you to produce a 5 star hotel. No forward thinking initiatives in any department that I've been able to ascertain. Closed door policies and "because I said so" mentality. Utterly reactive (never proactive) in their business philosophy. So consumed with bottom line that corners are constantly cut to save costs, often at the expense of operational efficiency.

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Key Stats for Purchasing Supervisor

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.
032
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Purchasing Supervisor Salaries



National Average
$54,000



Skills That Affect Purchasing Supervisor Salaries




Supply Chain
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Contract Management
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National Average
$54,000


Purchasing
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Procurement
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Inventory Control
up arrow 20%

Sourcing
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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