Distribution Manager Salary

Distribution Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $64K per year on average but can range from $40K to $99K per year. Total cash earnings of Distribution Managers range from $40K on the low end to $99K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $12K and $7K, respectively. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Male Distribution Managers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction for Distribution Managers is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,481 - $92,671
(Median)
$40K
$64K
$93K
MEDIAN: $64,376
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$12.40 - $29.59
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,481 - $92,671  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,067  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,047  
Commission
$15,000  
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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$40,097 - $98,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 870
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.40 - $29.59  
   
Overtime
$3.88 - $43.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,067  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,047  
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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$40,097 - $98,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Logistics Director, where median compensation is $104K annually. 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 $102K 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


Survey results suggest that Distribution Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Logistics, Customer Relationship Management, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Inventory Management. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $53K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $64K. For Distribution Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $71K. 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 $75K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,516

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Distribution Managers will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. Distribution Managers will also find cushy salaries in Ontario (+22 percent), Charlotte (+21 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), and Columbus (+15 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 20 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Portland (16 percent less) and Buffalo (5 percent less).

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Experience Affects Distribution Manager Salaries



National Average
$66,000



Skills That Affect Distribution Manager Salaries


Logistics
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$66,000

Microsoft Excel
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Inventory Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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