Director of Purchasing Salary

Somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Directors of Purchasing in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $51K to $150K per year, and the average comes out to $93K annually. Cash earnings for Directors of Purchasing — which occasionally include more than $30K from bonuses and more than $18K from profit sharing — stretch from around $51K to approximately $150K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, Directors of Purchasing enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Directors of Purchasing who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 65 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$56,034 - $135,144
$56K
$96K
$140K
MEDIAN: $95,580
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50%
90%

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$14.71 - $34.46
$15
$20
$34
MEDIAN: $20.39
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$0$151K
Salary $56,034 - $135,144
Bonus $97.44 - $29,720
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,342
Commission $16,500
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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$53,279 - $151,562
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 429
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $14.71 - $34.46
Overtime $12.75
Annual Data $0$151K
Bonus $97.44 - $29,720
Commission $16,500
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,342
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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$53,279 - $151,562
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 17

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Job Description for Director of Purchasing

The director of purchasing oversees purchasing operations for their company.

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Director of Purchasing Tasks

  • Maintain inventory levels, planning when to make purchases and how to distribute goods.
  • Hire, train, and supervise staff in charge of vendor transactions and inventory.
  • Handle paperwork for purchase orders and keep records of inventory and transactions.
  • Research vendors, determine which ones have the best services and prices, and negotiate contracts with vendors.

Common Career Paths for Director of Purchasing


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Directors of Purchasing may progress into high-paying roles like VP of Operations, where median compensation is $124K annually.

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Popular Skills for Director of Purchasing


Survey results show that Directors of Purchasing use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Sourcing, Project Management, and Purchasing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 65 percent, 39 percent, and 32 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Negotiation, Inventory Management, and Forecasting. Those educated in Contract Negotiation tend to be well versed in Forecasting.

Pay by Experience Level for Director of Purchasing

Pay by Experience for a Director of Purchasing has a positive trend. An entry-level Director of Purchasing with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 68 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director of Purchasing with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 114 salaries. An experienced Director of Purchasing which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 208 salaries. A Director of Purchasing with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $109,000 based on 160 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $99,735

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

For Directors of Purchasing, Charlotte provides a pay rate that is 38 percent greater than the national average. Directors of Purchasing can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+27 percent), Chicago (+27 percent), Miami (+25 percent), and Orlando (+23 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 5 percent south of the national average, can be found in Detroit. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are New York (4 percent less) and Los Angeles (2 percent less).

Director of Purchasing Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Director of Purchasing?

Director of Purchasing in New York:
"Atypical."
Pros: Includes an annual trip to France.
Cons: Very clerical. Does not involve strategy. There is no clear performance metric.

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Key Stats for Director of Purchasing

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
37%
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Experience Affects Director of Purchasing Salaries

▲9%

▲4%

National Average
$100,000

▼20%

▼31%

Skills That Affect Director of Purchasing Salaries

Sourcing
▲60%

Project Management
▲35%

▲28%

Budget Management
▲2%


National Average
$100,000

Procurement
▼4%


▼7%


Negotiation
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 11%
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