In May 2015, the US Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) released a nationwide dataset of Purchasing Manager salaries across America. We used this data to build an interactive map showing annual average salaries of Purchasing Managers across 235 towns and cities in the United States, and its remote territories of Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
Houston ($154,150), West Palm Beach ($148,020), Newark (147,940), San Jose ($144,850), San Francisco ($143,010) topped the list. So, if you are living in either of these areas, you are probably earning more than most purchasing professionals working elsewhere.
Having said that, the map throws up quite a few surprises — a Purchasing Manager stands to make more money in Buffalo, New York, than in Los Angeles, California. Similarly, Boulder, Colorado, is a more lucrative destination for Purchasing Managers than New York City.
At the bottom of the list is Lafayette, in Louisiana, with $70,970 as the average annual salary there.
Houston’s premier position could have something to do with the abundance of Purchasing Manager jobs in the city, particularly in the lucrative Oil & Gas industry. Chicago, notably, underpays its Purchasing Managers with an average salary of $94,690.
It must also be said that this data should be taken with a grain of salt; job titles like Purchasing Manager, Purchasing Officer, Supply Chain Manager and Procurement Manager are often used interchangeably; job descriptions may often overlap, and what this means is that the data isn’t really telling us the full story.