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Distribution Manager Salary (United States)

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (over three-fourths) of final income for Distribution Managers. That final number averages out to $64K across the industry. Total cash earnings of Distribution Managers range from $40K on the low end to $95K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $13K and $7K, respectively. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Men account for the majority of Distribution Managers — 85 percent to be exact. The majority of Distribution Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Distribution Manager Salary (?
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$40,427 - $86,968
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Distribution Manager Salary (?
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$13.39 - $34.52
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$40,427 - $86,968  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,111  
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $7,149  
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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$39,967 - $95,042  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 673
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.39 - $34.52  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,111  
   
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $7,149  
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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$39,967 - $95,042  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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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 may go on to top-notch roles like Logistics Director, where median pay is $103K annually. As Distribution Managers progress in their field, many go on to become Directors of Distribution. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $100K per year. Another common career choice for Distribution Managers is to move into a Logistics Manager role. Typically, Logistics Managers get paid $60K.

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Popular Skills for Distribution Manager

Survey takers who work as Distribution Managers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Operations Management, Inventory Management, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 9 percent, 8 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. 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.
Distribution Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average beginner in this position makes around $53K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $63K. Distribution Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $69K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $71K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. The majority of Distribution Managers have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$64,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Distribution Managers, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Irvine, Dallas, Columbus, and Atlanta, where Distribution Managers typically earn around 31 percent, 15 percent, 12 percent, and 9 percent more than usual. Portland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent.

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Experience Affects Distribution Manager Salaries

National Average
$64,000

Skills That Affect Distribution Manager Salaries

Inventory Management
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$64,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
15%
female alumni
 
Male
85%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 12%