Supply Chain and Procurement Salaries – #9 in Kinsa’s Food & Beverage Salary Series

November 7, 2022 in Career and Job Search Tips, Food & Beverage Industry Information, HR Best Practices



To thrive and flourish in the food and beverage industry, you need a team of strategic people who know the ins and outs of planning, buying, sourcing, and delivery. From raw materials to finished products, these employees are the backbone of your business.

We have food and beverage supply chain executive recruiters who know how to find these logistics professionals. Whether you need assistance optimizing the supply chain, managing the procurement process, distributing inventory, or controlling costs, Kinsa can find the best candidate for your company.

To help you better plan for new hires in your supply chain department or to simply retain your current top talent, Kinsa Group food and beverage executive recruiters have collected salary data from more than 8,000 candidate interviews across several food and beverage categories and skillsets during the past two years.  We share that data with employers and job candidates alike in our 2022 Food and Beverage Salary Guide so that you can stay competitive in the dynamic labor market of 2022.

We’re taking some time this week to expand on Purchasing and Supply Chain titles and salaries shared within these pages…

Attracting and Retaining Your Leaders in Supply Chain & Procurement

  • Chief Supply Chain Officer – Kinsa’s salary survey found that the median base salary for CSCO’s in small and mid-sized food and beverage companies is $200,000.  The range is from $140,000 to $400,000.  To attract and retain the best talent, you’ll want to pay at least the median for this key Chief Officer role.
  • Vice President of Supply Chain – Similarly the median base for VP was also $200,000, though the range didn’t go quite as high from $125,000 to $300,000.  Often in small and mid-sized food and beverage companies, the Vice President IS the top Supply Chain official.  This median base pay has increased by 11% over the last 4 years.
  • Director of Supply Chain – Base pay for Directors of Supply Chain has remained more steady with a median consistent over the last 4 years at $150,000.  The range is from $90,000 to $240,000, depending on location and size of business.
  • Director of Logistics – Base pay has increased slightly over the last year from $140,000 to $150,000 for Logistics Director professionals.  It has also been a demanding and frustrating couple of years for these leaders to navigate logistics and transportation within the supply chain of both raw materials and packaging, so be sure to show your appreciation for your loyal employees.
  • Vice President of Procurement – Base pay for VP of Purchasing and/or Procurement has remained consistent at $200,000 for the last 2 years.  The range is wide from $140,000 to $250,000.
  • Director of Purchasing – Increasing by 19% over the last 4 years, Directors in Purchasing and/or Procurement have seen a rise in the median base pay from $135,000 in 2019 to $160,000 in 2022.  The range goes as high as $250,000 for larger food businesses and procurement spending budgets.

Where do you need to be to retain and attract your Managers

  • Demand Planning Manager – saw an 8% increase in median base pay from $120,000 to $130,000 in the last year, high is now $160,000.
  • Category Manager – saw a 20% increase in base pay to $120,000 since 2020, high is now $170,000.
  • Supply Chain Manager – saw a rise by 9% from $110,000 median to $120,000 since 2020, high is now $165,000.
  • Purchasing Manager – climbed 9% from $110,000 to $120,000 median base pay since 2019, high is now $180,000.
  • Logistics / Distribution Manager – grew in median base pay by 18% from $85,000 in 2019 to $100,000 in both 2021 and 2022, high is now $150,000.
  • Warehouse Manager – median base pay is $90,000, up 20% from $75,000 in 2019, high is now $130,000.

Budgeting salaries for Buyers, Planners, Analysts, and Specialists

  • Buyer – median compensation for a Buyer shrunk from $85,000 to $80,000 since 2019, though the high is up to $130,000 for an experienced professional.
  • Supply & Demand Planner – received an increase of 7% from 2021 to 2022, now at $80,000 median base pay and $120,000 at the high end of the range.
  • Analyst – base pay at $80,000 is also up 7% from 2021.
  • Supply Chain Specialist – starts at $50,000, has a median pay of $75,000 for minimal experience, and can go as high as $110,000.

Kinsa Group’s 2022 Food and Beverage Salary Guide

Direct your attention to page 11 of the 2022 Salary Guide to see the complete range of pay for Supply Chain & Procurement position titles from Supply Chain Specialist to Chief Supply Chain Officer.

Feel free to reach out to our team or contact us to assist you with launching a new search to hire a Supply Chain or Procurement professional for your company today.

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If you have experience in purchasing, warehouse, distribution, logistics, and supply chain roles and are ready for a new Supply Chain or Procurement position, review the specific job titles Kinsa Group typically recruits for and consider applying to one of Kinsa Group’s current job openings today! Our executive recruiters are connected with organizations that will provide you with a rewarding supply chain career to help feed the world.

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