Director, Distribution Salary

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $117K, slightly less than three-fifths of overall earnings for Directors of Distribution arrives through commissions. Total cash earnings of Directors of Distribution range from $71K on the low end to $168K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $30K and $20K, respectively. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a fair number get vision plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority of Directors of Distribution (87 percent) survey respondents are men. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$68,727 - $146,362

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$68,727 - $146,362  
$103.04 - $29,810  
Profit Sharing
$1,125 - $20,000  
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).
$71,250 - $168,216  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 228
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Job Description for Director, Distribution

  • Oversee operations of all warehouse activities and the corresponding logistics flow to end customers.
  • Oversee the negotiation of transportation pricing.
  • Provide feedback to executives as needed.
  • Manage distribution network configuration, strategy and performance.
  • Ensure inventory accuracy, regulatory and customs compliance, inventory stocking, order processing, and shipment of all goods worldwide.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Directors of Distribution who took the survey. Those who have experience with Operations Management, Budget Management, and People Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include People Management and Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Director, Distribution

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For many Directors of Distribution, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $75K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $102K. Directors of Distribution bring in $123K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Director, Distribution Salaries

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Skills That Affect Director, Distribution Salaries

Operations Management
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Budget Management
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People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.


13 %
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 75% employee benefits None: 7%