Distribution Manager Salary

Distribution Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent just below three-fifths of Distribution Managers. Salaries average out to around $64K annually and spread from $40K to $99K per year. Cash earnings for Distribution Managers — which occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing — stretch from around $40K to approximately $99K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Distribution Managers. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Distribution Managers are male. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,481 - $92,671
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$40K
$64K
$93K
MEDIAN: $64,376
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$12.40 - $29.59
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,481 - $92,671  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,067  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,047  
Commission
$15,000  
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).
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$40,097 - $98,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 870
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.40 - $29.59  
   
Overtime
$3.88 - $43.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,067  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,047  
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).
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$40,097 - $98,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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Job Description for Distribution Manager

Distribution managers are responsible for the day-to-day tasks related to shipping large quantities of goods. Companies of all types require the services of a distribution manager, from the food industry to electronics. The work of a distribution manager typically includes monitoring large amounts of inventory for quality and quantity, overseeing warehouses and teams of warehouse workers, and meeting the demands of customers. Distribution managers work closely with warehouse supervisors to ensure that goods are loaded in a manner that is timely, meets quality standards, and facilitates on-time delivery.

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Distribution Manager Tasks

  • Coordinate inbound and outbound freight, and track product movement and inventory.
  • Manage employee schedules, assignments, evaluations, and compliance.
  • Manage day-to-day and strategic operations at distribution center or warehouse.
  • Write and track invoices, manifests, and issues with delivery or transportation.

Common Career Paths for Distribution Manager


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Distribution Managers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Logistics Director. The average Logistics Director brings home $104K per year. The most common promotion for Distribution Managers is Director of Distribution, a position that typically pays $102K annually. Another standard transition for Distribution Managers seeking advancement is to assume a Logistics Manager role, where pay is often $61K.

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Popular Skills for Distribution Manager


Survey results imply that Distribution Managers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Logistics, Customer Relationship Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Inventory Management. Those proficient in Inventory Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Distribution Manager

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


For many Distribution Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $53K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $64K. Distribution Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $71K. 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 $75K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,516

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Distribution Managers, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Distribution Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Ontario (+22 percent), Charlotte (+21 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), and Columbus (+15 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 20 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (16 percent lower) and Buffalo (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Distribution Manager Salaries



National Average
$66,000



Skills That Affect Distribution Manager Salaries


Logistics
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$66,000

Microsoft Excel
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Inventory Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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