Distribution Manager Salary

Slightly less than three-fifths of Distribution Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $40K to $97K per year, but median earnings come to around $63K annually. Cash earnings for Distribution Managers — which occasionally include more than $13K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $40K to approximately $97K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction for Distribution Managers is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Distribution Managers (85 percent) survey respondents are men. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,432 - $90,388
(Median)
$40K
$63K
$90K
MEDIAN: $63,420
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$12.40 - $34.65
(Median)
$12
$21
$35
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
$40,432 - $90,388  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,982  
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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$40,070 - $97,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 716
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.40 - $34.65  
   
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 - $12,982  
   
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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$40,070 - $97,465  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47

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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 $103K per year. Becoming an Operations Manager is, more often than not, the most common role that Distribution Managers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for an Operations Manager is $59K. Another frequent advance is for Distribution Managers to assume a Director of Distribution role; in this role, workers often take home $101K.

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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. Most people who know Inventory Management also know 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $54K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $64K. For Distribution Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $70K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $72K.

Pay Difference by Location


Distribution Managers will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Distribution Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Irvine (+29 percent), Charlotte (+22 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and Dallas (+10 percent). Seattle ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Workers in Austin and Portland earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 16 percent.

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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 168 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

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