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Distribution Manager Salary

Distribution Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and slightly less than three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $63K per year, but may range from $40K to $97K per year. Total cash compensation to Distribution Managers approaches anywhere from $40K on the lower end to $97K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $13K from bonuses and upwards of $8K from profit sharing. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority of Distribution Managers (84 percent) who took the survey are men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,269 - $90,499
(Median)
$40K
$63K
$90K
MEDIAN: $63,252
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$12.45 - $34.52
(Median)
$12
$21
$35
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,269 - $90,499  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,003  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,876  
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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$39,935 - $97,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 734
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.45 - $34.52  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.10  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,003  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,876  
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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$39,935 - $97,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | 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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Logistics Director. The average Logistics Director brings home $104K per year. A Director of Distribution role is the most common promotion for Distribution Managers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $101K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Distribution Managers is a Logistics Manager position, where earnings are usually $61K.

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Popular Skills for Distribution Manager


Distribution Managers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Operations Management, Microsoft Excel, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Inventory Management indicates knowledge of 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 worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $54K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $63K. Distribution Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $70K. Distribution Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $72K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Distribution Managers that is 35 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Distribution Managers will also find cushy salaries in Irvine (+30 percent), Charlotte (+23 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and Dallas (+13 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. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Seattle (17 percent lower) and Portland (15 percent lower).

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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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National Average
$65,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 11%
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