Distribution Manager Salary

Slightly more than half of Distribution Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $40K to $99K per year, but median earnings come to around $65K per year. Total incomes of Distribution Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $15K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $40K and $99K. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Distribution Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most Distribution Managers survey respondents are men (77 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,295 - $93,085
$41K
$65K
$93K
MEDIAN: $65,377
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50%
90%

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$12.64 - $23.47
$13
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $17.83
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$41,295 - $93,085  
   
Bonus
$839 - $14,502  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,863  
Commission
$15,000  
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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$39,637 - $98,921  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 552
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.64 - $23.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$20.86 - $36.36  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$839 - $14,502  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,863  
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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$39,637 - $98,921  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 52

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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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Many Distribution Managers move into a Director of Distribution role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $105K 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


Survey results imply that Distribution Managers deploy 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 8 percent. Those listing Shipping as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. People Management and Inventory Control also typically command lower compensation. 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Distribution Managers. The average beginner in this position makes around $51K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $64K. For Distribution Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average 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: $64,644

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

Irvine offers some of the highest pay in the country for Distribution Managers, 30 percent above the national average. Distribution Managers will also find cushy salaries in Oklahoma City (+25 percent), Ontario (+24 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), and Boston (+16 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Houston Distribution Managers earning much less — 21 percent less — than the national average. 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 91 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Distribution Manager Salaries

▲23%

▲14%

National Average
$65,000

▼1%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Distribution Manager Salaries


▲8%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▲8%


National Average
$65,000

▼3%



Sales Management
▼10%


People Management
▼24%

Shipping
▼38%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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