Distribution Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up more than half of Distribution Managers. Pay fluctuates from $40K to $99K per year, but expected earnings average $65K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $15K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Distribution Managers can bottom out near $40K or peak near $99K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Distribution Managers survey respondents are men (77 percent). For the most part, Distribution Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$41,142 - $92,830
$41K
$65K
$93K
MEDIAN: $65,286
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$12.35 - $23.41
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$41,142 - $92,830  
   
Bonus
$888 - $14,667  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,635  
Commission
$17,500  
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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$39,586 - $98,811  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 581
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.35 - $23.41  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$21.00 - $43.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$888 - $14,667  
   
Commission
$17,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,635  
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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$39,586 - $98,811  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 54

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Distribution Manager


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Distribution Managers often transition into Director of Distribution positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Directors of Distribution earn $104K per year. Distribution Managers most often advance into Logistics Manager and Business Manager of Logistics positions even though the median salaries are $4K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Distribution Manager


Distribution Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Customer Relationship Management, Forecasting, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 8 percent. Those listing Shipping as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Sales Management also typically command lower compensation. 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 is an important factor influencing the compensation of Distribution Managers. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $51K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $64K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Distribution Managers make a median salary of $74K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $79K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,658

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

Irvine is home to an above-average pay rate for Distribution Managers, 30 percent higher than the national average. Distribution Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Ontario (+24 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), Boston (+16 percent), and Atlanta (+11 percent). Compared to the national average, Houston Distribution Managers have considerably lower salaries, 21 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Denver (19 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Distribution Manager

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 93 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Distribution Manager Salaries



National Average
$65,000



Skills That Affect Distribution Manager Salaries


Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$65,000





Sales Management
up arrow 18%

People Management
up arrow 24%

Shipping
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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