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Distribution Manager Salary (United States)

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (around half) of final income for Distribution Managers. That final number averages out to $64K across the industry. Total incomes of Distribution Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $12K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $40K and $96K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men make up the vast majority of Distribution Managers (85 percent) who took the survey. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Distribution Manager Salary (?
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$40,738 - $88,754
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MEDIAN: $62,751
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Distribution Manager Salary (?
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$13.21 - $34.77
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$40,738 - $88,754  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,142  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,096  
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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$40,321 - $95,833  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 678
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.21 - $34.77  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.44  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,142  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,096  
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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$40,321 - $95,833  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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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 may experience if they take an upper-level role like Logistics Director. The position pays an average $104K annually. An Operations Manager role is the most prevalent career advancement for Distribution Managers. Paychecks for that role are $58K on average. The Director of Distribution position is another common transition for Distribution Managers; in this role, salaries are typically at the $100K mark.

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Popular Skills for Distribution Manager

Distribution Managers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Operations Management, Microsoft Excel, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Distribution Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $54K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $63K. Distribution Managers see a median salary of $68K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $71K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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National Average
$64,000
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Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Distribution Managers, 34 percent higher than the national average. Distribution Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Irvine (+31 percent), Houston (+16 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), and Atlanta (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 19 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Distribution Manager Salaries

National Average
$64,000

Skills That Affect Distribution Manager Salaries

Microsoft Excel
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Inventory Management
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National Average
$64,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
15%
female alumni
 
Male
85%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 12%