Director, Distribution Salary
A big portion of take-home pay for Directors of Distribution — more than two-fifths, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $118K. Final cash compensation to Directors of Distribution varies from around $77K to approximately $160K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $30K and $12K, respectively. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Directors of Distribution enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by a large number, and a fair number earn vision coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Director, Distribution
Distribution directors are responsible for ensuring that items and products stored in a warehouse get to their destinations, which include individual customers, other companies, and vendors for resale. They typically work in an office within a warehouse as well as on the warehouse floor, and work primarily for retail companies, manufacturers, wholesalers, and other employers which maintain or utilize warehouse services.Read More...
Distribution directors oversee many functions within their warehouses, including receiving items to be stored, conducting tests, ensuring that items are stored safely and securely, and properly organizing items for maximum efficiency. They also oversee employees who are tasked with moving these items and addressing any concerns about items sent for storage or received from the warehouse. They also oversee functions such as tracking items, making bids and contracts with shippers or insurance companies, and directing and managing employees.
Organization and communication skills are important in this position, and distribution directors must also be able to work well under pressure and quickly assess and solve problems as they arise. They should also be skilled in budgeting and logistics to maintain statistics in the position. A bachelor's degree in a business-related field may be required for this position, though some distribution directors work their way up from lower warehouse positions into management. This occasionally allows them to move to higher management positions without a college degree, though these opportunities are rare and competitive.
Director, Distribution Tasks
- Manage distribution network configuration, strategy and performance.
- Ensure inventory accuracy, regulatory and customs compliance, inventory stocking, order processing, and shipment of all goods worldwide.
- Provide feedback to executives as needed.
- Oversee operations of all warehouse activities and the corresponding logistics flow to end customers.
- Oversee the negotiation of transportation pricing.
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Pay by Experience Level for Director, Distribution
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Directors of Distribution, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $95K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $112K. Directors of Distribution claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $118K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $125K.
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