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 $63K annually and spread from $40K to $97K per year. Overall cash earnings for Distribution Managers stretch from $40K on the lower end to $97K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $12K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most Distribution Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Distribution Managers (83 percent) who took the survey. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,279 - $91,242
(Median)
$40K
$63K
$91K
MEDIAN: $63,245
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$12.82 - $34.11
(Median)
$13
$20
$34
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,279 - $91,242  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,315  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,500  
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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$39,720 - $97,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 748
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.82 - $34.11  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.10  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,315  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,500  
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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$39,720 - $97,440  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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 who go on to become Logistics Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Logistics Directors is $103K annually. A Director of Distribution role is the most common promotion for Distribution Managers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $101K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Distribution Managers is a Logistics Manager position, where earnings are usually $61K.

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Popular Skills for Distribution Manager


Distribution Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Operations Management, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Inventory Management. Most people experienced in Inventory Management also know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Distribution Manager

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $53K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $64K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Distribution Managers see a median salary of $70K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Distribution Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $72K.

Pay Difference by 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 (+32 percent), Irvine (+30 percent), Charlotte (+23 percent), and Dallas (+15 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Seattle is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Portland and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 15 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Distribution Manager Salaries



National Average
$65,000



Skills That Affect Distribution Manager Salaries



Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$65,000

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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
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 11%
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