A substantial slice of final earnings for Directors of Distribution (just over two-fifths) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $120K. In the world of Directors of Distribution, total cash compensation can vary between $79K and $165K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $30K and $12K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Directors of Distribution. Most receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$74,897 - $149,088
MEDIAN: $109,804

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$74,897 - $149,088  
$2,061 - $30,364  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,438  
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).
$79,067 - $164,551  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 162

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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.


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.

Directors of Distribution with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $94K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $108K. Directors of Distribution claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $120K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $126K.

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Experience Affects Director, Distribution Salaries

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Skills That Affect Director, Distribution Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.


8 %
92 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 86%
medical benefits
Vision: 77%
dental benefits
None: 9%