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.

$72,321 - $149,210
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MEDIAN: $108,421
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$72,321 - $149,210  
   
Bonus
$997 - $29,535  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,365  
Commission
$50,000  
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$77,353 - $160,187  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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.

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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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Key Stats for Director, Distribution

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
046
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
47%
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Experience Affects Director, Distribution Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
0%

National Average
$118,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Director, Distribution Salaries

Logistics
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National Average
$118,000

Budget Management
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People Management
up arrow 15%

Inventory Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
vision benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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