Distribution Manager Salary

With just under three-fifths of Distribution Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $40K to $98K per year and averages out to $63K annually. In the world of Distribution Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $40K and $98K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Distribution Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (83 percent) of Distribution Managers who answered the questionnaire are male. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,320 - $91,308
(Median)
$40K
$63K
$91K
MEDIAN: $63,338
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$13.32 - $34.65
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$35
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,320 - $91,308  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,365  
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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$39,854 - $97,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 745
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.32 - $34.65  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,365  
   
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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$39,854 - $97,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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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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At the upper end, Distribution Managers who move into a Logistics Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Logistics Directors is a much higher $103K per year. With an annual salary of $101K, Director of Distribution is the most common role for Distribution Managers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Logistics Manager role — which usually pays $61K — is also typical for Distribution Managers, though less common by comparison.

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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. Most people who know 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.


Distribution Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $54K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $64K. Distribution Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $70K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $72K on average.

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 Irvine (+30 percent), Charlotte (+23 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+14 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Distribution Managers is geography, with workers in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 20 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Seattle and Portland (17 percent lower and 15 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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$65,000

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 162 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: 64% employee benefits None: 11%
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