Purchasing Managers Salary 2018: How Much Money Do They Make

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Purchasing Managers

Other names for this job might include Buyer, Circuit Rider, Circuit Walker, Commissary Superintendent, Commodity Manager, Contract Administrator, Contract Coordinator, Contract Manager, Contracting Manager, Contracting Officer

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How Much Do Purchasing Managers Make In 2018

In this salary guide, you will find out how much do Purchasing Managers make.

After reading this, you will be able to make a decision if working as a Purchasing Manager will suit your financial goals (e.g: buying a home, BMW or just your target salary goal).

Average salary

Annual salary
$117720 per year

Hourly wage
$56.60 per hour

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here at OwlGuru is how much do Purchasing Managers make per year and what is their hourly wage.

According to BLS, the average annual salary of Purchasing Managers is $117720. Their salary can also be as low as $63380 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $177560 if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $56.60 and can range from $30.47 to $85.37 which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of A Purchasing Manager will vary based on your education and experience level.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.
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This compares the salary of all careers and we give them a rank of A, B, C or D depending on how high or low is their average salary.

After comparing how much do Purchasing Managers make with other careers, they have a salary rank of A.

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Salary range

Highest (Top 10%)$85.37$177560
Senior (Top 25%)$68.67$142820
Middle (Mid 50%)$53.65$111590
Junior (Bottom 25%)$39.85$82880
No experience (Bottom 10%)$30.47$63380

Entry-level Purchasing Managers who starts out at $82880 can expect to make $111590 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $30.47 per hour while the top 10% makes over $85.37 per hour.

While the median wage is $111590 per annum or $53.65 per hour.

Depending on who you work for, you might also get overtime pay.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.

Highest paying industries

Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Other Information Services79.35165050
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage76.32158740
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)70.51146660
Software Publishers70.46146560
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities69.65144860
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil68.77143040
Pipeline Transportation67.76140940
Oil and Gas Extraction67.64140700
Wired Telecommunications Carriers65.93137130
Publishing Industries (except Internet)65.54136320
Other Financial Investment Activities64.93135060
Nondepository Credit Intermediation64.76134700
Natural Gas Distribution64.14133410
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services63.41131900
Testing Laboratories62.9130820
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities62.82130660
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation62.48129950
Securities and Commodity Exchanges62.28129540
Computer Systems Design and Related Services62.17129320
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services62.05129070
Support Activities for Mining61.22127340
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services61126870
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences60.95126780
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers60.95126770
Management of Companies and Enterprises60.92126710
Scientific Research and Development Services60.81126490
Federal government, including the US Postal Service60.53125900
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services60.52125880
Federal Executive Branch60.5125840
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers60.38125590
Finance and Insurance60.06124930
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing60124790
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services59.9124590
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services59.87124530
Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations59.82124420
Depository Credit Intermediation59.77124330
Cable and Other Subscription Programming59.76124290
Engineering Services59.54123830
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations59.07122860
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation58.84122390
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services58.82122340
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution58.65121990
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing58.48121640
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors58.43121530
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing58.2121050
Broadcasting (except Internet)58.15120950
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations57.7120010
Office Administrative Services57.65119910
Nonresidential Building Construction57.26119100
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers57.18118930
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction56.48117480
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries56.26117010
Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities56.21116920
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing56.15116790
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing55.89116250
Insurance Carriers55.79116040
Tobacco Manufacturing55.67115790
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities55.41115260
Employment Services55.37115170
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers55.36115150
Building Equipment Contractors55.31115050
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing55.3115020
Specialty Trade Contractors55.26114950
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)55.27114950
Warehousing and Storage55.15114720
Water Transportation54.78113950
Administrative and Support Services54.7113780
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance54.68113740
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing54.68113730
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction54.67113710
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing54.59113550
Transportation and Warehousing54.48113320
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors54.32112980
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services54.25112840
Construction of Buildings54.23112790
Federal, State, and Local Government54.17112680
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service54.17112680
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers54.13112600
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers54.04112400
All industries, private ownership only53.87112050
Lumber and Other Construction Materials Merchant Wholesalers53.86112040
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing53.84111990
Air Transportation53.83111970
Rail Transportation53.81111920
All industries53.76111810
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers53.63111560
Chemical Manufacturing53.61111510
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers53.59111470
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers53.38111020
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses53.37111000
Basic Chemical Manufacturing53.12110500
Beer, Wine, and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers53.08110400
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing53.05110340
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing53.04110320
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service52.98110200
Nonstore Retailers52.73109670
Business Support Services52.68109570
Scheduled Air Transportation52.59109380
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing52.5109200
Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores52.47109130
Wholesale Trade52.32108820
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers52.3108780
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods52.18108540
Communications Equipment Manufacturing52.14108460
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing52.14108450
Real Estate52.12108410
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers52.12108400
Amusement Parks and Arcades51.98108120
Repair and Maintenance51.98108110
Residential Building Construction51.89107930
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing51.7107540
Other Support Services51.68107480
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers51.62107370
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods51.61107340
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing51.56107250
Support Activities for Transportation51.51107130
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services51.51107130
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing51.43106970
Fabric Mills51.36106830
Outpatient Care Centers51.2106510
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers51.09106260
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing51.03106140
Investigation and Security Services50.98106040
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing50.92105910
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers50.76105590
General Freight Trucking50.67105390
Beverage Manufacturing50.59105230
Automobile Dealers50.58105210
Cut and Sew Apparel Manufacturing50.47104990
Support Activities for Air Transportation50.37104770
Waste Management and Remediation Services50.37104770
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers50.28104580
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned50.27104550
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores50.26104530
Hospitals, Privately owned50.22104460
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance49.85103690
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers49.81103610
Apparel Manufacturing49.76103490
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)49.75103470
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)49.7103380
Ambulatory Health Care Services49.54103050
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing49.45102850
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing49.4102750
Truck Transportation49.28102500
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)49.27102480
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)49.13102200
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing49.08102090
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing49.08102090
Paper Manufacturing49.03101970
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills48.95101820
Health and Personal Care Stores48.8101510
Coal Mining48.58101050
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing48.5100880
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned48.34100550
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing48.33100520
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned48.27100410
Machinery Manufacturing48.26100370
Other Food Manufacturing48.15100160
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing48.14100140
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)48.13100120
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing48.13100110
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing48.1100060
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, State government owned47.9599730
Educational Services, Privately owned47.9199660
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing47.8199450
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing47.7699350
Household Appliance Manufacturing47.7599330
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing47.799220
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing47.799210
Hospitals, State government owned47.6799150
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing47.5298840
Footwear Manufacturing47.5198810
Offices of Physicians47.4998790
Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers47.4998780
Textile Mills47.4398660
Miscellaneous Manufacturing47.4198610
Grain and Oilseed Milling47.3798530
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing47.398380
Facilities Support Services47.2998370
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation47.2998370
Food Manufacturing47.2598280
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing47.2498260
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers47.298190
Mining (except Oil and Gas)47.298170
Utility System Construction47.1998160
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing47.1998150
Animal Food Manufacturing47.1698090
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned47.0697870
Hardware Manufacturing46.8397410
Junior colleges, Local government owned46.7297180
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing46.6597040
Metal Ore Mining46.6597030
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)46.5796860
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing46.5696850
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers46.5596820
Educational Services, Local government owned46.596720
Sawmills and Wood Preservation46.3796450
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)46.3696430
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries46.2896270
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing46.1896060
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing46.0595790
Dairy Product Manufacturing46.0395740
Retail Trade45.9895650
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing45.9695600
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)45.9495560
Primary Metal Manufacturing45.8895430
Jewelry and Silverware Manufacturing45.8495350
Plastics Product Manufacturing45.8195280
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing45.7895220
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing45.7895220
Direct Selling Establishments45.6594940
Ship and Boat Building45.5794780
Hospitals, Local government owned45.5594740
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned45.5594740
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing45.4894600
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing45.3194240
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel45.394220
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing45.2994200
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned45.2694130
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying45.1994000
Pharmacies and Drug Stores44.9893570
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers44.8693320
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing44.7993170
Local government, including schools and hospitals44.5792710
Building Material and Supplies Dealers44.5492640
Special Food Services44.5292600
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing44.2892100
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing44.2291970
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing44.2191960
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers44.1591830
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing44.0991710
Educational Services, State government owned44.0991700
Casino Hotels44.0891680
Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers44.0691640
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals44.0291570
Other Textile Product Mills43.9391380
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing43.7390960
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing43.7190910
Rubber Product Manufacturing43.6290740
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing43.4490350
Gambling Industries43.2589970
Animal Slaughtering and Processing43.2489930
Home Furnishings Stores43.2389910
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing43.1689780
General Merchandise Stores43.0189460
Wood Product Manufacturing42.7588920
Textile Product Mills42.6788750
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing42.1887730
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing42.187570
Printing and Related Support Activities41.9887310
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)41.8286990
Farm and Garden Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers41.886940
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores41.7786870
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)41.7486820
Electronics and Appliance Stores41.6586630
Food Services and Drinking Places41.686530
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing41.5986520
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing41.4886270
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities41.4186140
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores41.2885870
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing41.0785430
Office Supplies, Stationery, and Gift Stores41.0485360
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions40.9185080
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing40.8184890
Other Wood Product Manufacturing40.7884830
State government, including schools and hospitals40.3984010
Accommodation and Food Services40.0483290
Forging and Stamping39.7782730
Specialty Food Stores39.6982550
Machine Shops39.4882110
Traveler Accommodation39.3781880
Social Assistance38.9981100
Furniture Stores38.9380970
Vocational Rehabilitation Services38.8680830
Miscellaneous Store Retailers38.5780230
Book Stores and News Dealers38.2979640
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing38.1779390
Restaurants and Other Eating Places37.8478700
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers37.7478500
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals37.2677490
Junior colleges, State government owned33.5769820
Food and Beverage Stores33.2769210
Grocery Stores32.5367650
Other General Merchandise Stores29.861990

Not all industries pay the same for Purchasing Managers.

One of the easiest way to increase your salary is to change industries and find a higher paying one.

Highest paying states


Another simple way to boost your pay as A Purchasing Manager is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DE doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at DE may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful Purchasing Managers are in the states of DE, NJ, RI, MO and TX. The average salary in DE is $137140.

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Rank: A
Salary: $93180

They plan, direct, or coordinate purchasing, warehousing, distribution, forecasting, customer service, or planning services. Manage logistics personnel and logistics systems and direct daily operations.
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Salary: $64730

They purchase machinery, equipment, tools, parts, supplies, or services necessary for the operation of an establishment. Purchase raw or semi-finished materials for manufacturing.
Rank: A
Salary: $110210

They direct or coordinate production, purchasing, warehousing, distribution, or financial forecasting services or activities to limit costs and improve accuracy, customer service, or safety. Examine existing procedures or opportunities for streamlining activities to meet product distribution needs. Direct the movement, storage, or processing of inventory.
Rank: B+
Salary: $93180

They plan, direct, or coordinate the transportation operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that provide transportation services.
Rank: B+
Salary: $76830

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