Purchasing Magazine has just released its 2009 salary survey issue. One of the most anticipated purchasing articles of the year, this survey reveals earnings differentials between purchasing professionals in various categories: corporate vs. divisional vs. plant buyers, male vs. female, big company buyers vs. small company buyers, etc.

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Obviously, one of the comparisons that I look most forward to is the certified vs. non-certified dichotomy. And I was not surprised by what Purchasing Magazine found in 2009.

Purchasing Magazine reports that the average annual salary of purchasing professionals possessing the SPSM® Certification was $101,625. That is $10,992 more than those without a certification ($90,633).

$10,992 more in salary per year. A cost of $1,149.

What conclusions do you draw?

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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