Distribution Manager Salary

Distribution Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up a little over a half of Distribution Managers. Pay fluctuates from $40K to $100K per year, but expected earnings average $66K annually. The range in cash compensation to Distribution Managers (largely between $40K and $100K) includes potential earnings of $15K from bonuses, $10K from profit sharing, and commissions of $40K in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Male Distribution Managers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. For the most part, Distribution Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$41,416 - $93,549
$41K
$66K
$94K
MEDIAN: $65,965
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50%
90%

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$12.11 - $24.14
$12
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $17.62
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$0$99K
Salary $41,416 - $93,549
Bonus $721 - $14,749
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,826
Commission $-0.50 - $39,732
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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$39,619 - $99,665
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 553
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $12.11 - $24.14
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $18.90 - $36.36
Annual Data $0$99K
Bonus $721 - $14,749
Commission $-0.50 - $39,732
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,826
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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$39,619 - $99,665
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 53

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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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Advancing into a Director of Distribution role seems to be a popular career move for Distribution Managers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $105K per year. Distribution Managers most often move into Logistics Manager or Business Manager of Logistics roles. However, the former pays $5K less on average, and the latter pays $4K less.

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Popular Skills for Distribution Manager


Distribution Managers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Customer Relationship Management, Forecasting, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 7 percent. Those listing Shipping as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Inventory Control also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Inventory Management are also skilled in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Distribution Manager

Pay by Experience for a Distribution Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Distribution Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 207 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Distribution Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 179 salaries. An experienced Distribution Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 243 salaries. A Distribution Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 146 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,628

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

Distribution Managers will find that Irvine offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Distribution Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Oklahoma City (+23 percent), Ontario (+22 percent), Dallas (+16 percent), and Boston (+14 percent). Distribution Managers in Houston take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 22 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Denver (20 percent lower and 18 percent lower, respectively).

Distribution Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Distribution Manager?

Distribution Manager in Las Vegas:
"Good company."
Pros: Flexible schedule I have autonomy.
Cons: There does not seem to be any room for advancement.

Distribution Manager in Akron:
"Budy."
Pros: Clocking out. Not really a part of my day I like.
Cons: Unorganization. Unrealistic deadlines. Overload employees with tasks.

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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 111 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Distribution Manager Salaries

▲21%

▲12%

National Average
$66,000

▼2%

▼22%

Skills That Affect Distribution Manager Salaries


Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▲7%

▲6%

National Average
$66,000


▼5%



Sales Management
▼11%


People Management
▼25%

Shipping
▼39%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 13%
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