Distribution Manager Salary (United States)

The majority of Distribution Managers in the United States—more than half—boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $39,967 to $95,042 per year and typically amount to $64,324 annually. Cash earnings—which sometimes include up to $13,111 from bonuses and more than $7,149 from profit sharing—stretch from around $40,427 to approximately $86,968. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and a majority have vision insurance. Men make up the vast majority of Distribution Managers (85 percent). The majority of Distribution Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
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 (?
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$39,967 - $95,042  
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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  
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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  
PayScale
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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For Distribution Managers, career progression may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, a Logistics Director, an upper-level role, can earn an extra $39K annually than those further down the career ladder. A Distribution Director role is the most common promotion for Distribution Managers moving up the ladder, and pay increases by $36K annually upon moving into this role. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Distribution Managers is a Logistics Manager position, where earnings actually go down by $3,845.

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Popular Skills for Distribution Manager

Distribution Managers report a narrow range of 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. Most people experienced in 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 is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $53K to $63K. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $69K. After 20 years in the field, Distribution Managers see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $71K. The largest number of Distribution Managers have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$64,000
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With a pay rate for Distribution Managers that is 33 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Irvine, Dallas, Columbus, and Atlanta are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Distribution Managers earning around 31 percent, 15 percent, 12 percent, and 9 percent more than average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Portland.

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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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$64,000

Job Satisfaction

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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%
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