Director, Distribution Salary

Commissions form a big slice (just under three-fifths) of total compensation for Directors of Distribution. The median income in this area hovers around $114K. Total cash earnings of Directors of Distribution range from $73K on the low end to $165K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $29K and $20K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision insurance. Most Directors of Distribution report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$69,723 - $147,176
MEDIAN: $106,170

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XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
$69,723 - $147,176  
$50.15 - $29,231  
Profit Sharing
$783 - $19,866  
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).
$73,396 - $165,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 231
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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

  • 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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Pay by Experience Level for Director, Distribution

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

The relatively untested earn a median of $79K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $102K. Directors of Distribution bring in $122K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Directors of Distribution report making only $121K on average.

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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 35 votes.


11 %
89 %

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%
medical benefits
Vision: 78%
dental benefits
None: 7%