Director, Distribution Salary
The median total income of Directors of Distribution is around $119K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (more than two-fifths, in fact) comes from commissions. Total cash compensation to Directors of Distribution approaches anywhere from $77K on the lower end to $162K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $31K from bonuses and upwards of $12K from profit sharing. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number have medical and dental plans, and a fair number have vision insurance. Most Directors of Distribution like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$72,485 - $145,532|
|Bonus||$1,026 - $30,510|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $12,307|
|Total Pay (|
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).)
|$77,233 - $161,633|
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.
Pay by Experience Level for Director, Distribution
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Directors of Distribution — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $95K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $115K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $119K. Directors of Distribution with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $123K.
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