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Distribution Manager Salary

With slightly less than three-fifths of Distribution Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $40K to $97K per year and averages out to $63K annually. Total incomes of Distribution Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $13K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $40K and $97K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. There are far more male Distribution Managers survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent. For the most part, Distribution Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,226 - $90,170
(Median)
$40K
$63K
$90K
MEDIAN: $63,290
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$12.51 - $34.39
(Median)
$13
$21
$34
MEDIAN: $20
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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
$40,226 - $90,170  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,668  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,876  
Commission
$4,000 - $50,980  
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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$39,814 - $97,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 728
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
$12.51 - $34.39  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $42.56  
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 - $12,668  
   
Commission
$4,000 - $50,980  
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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$39,814 - $97,002  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49

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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 who transition into a Logistics Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $103K per year. With an annual salary of $101K, Director of Distribution is the most common role for Distribution Managers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Logistics Manager role — which usually pays $61K — is also typical for Distribution Managers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Distribution Manager


Distribution Managers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Operations Management, Microsoft Excel, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Inventory Management are 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.


For Distribution Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $54K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $63K. Distribution Managers bring in $70K after working for 10 to 20 years. Distribution Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $72K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Distribution Managers, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Distribution Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Irvine (+29 percent), Charlotte (+23 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and Dallas (+11 percent). Distribution Managers in Pittsburgh report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Seattle (17 percent less) and Portland (15 percent less).

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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

Inventory Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 169 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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