Distribution Manager Salary

Distribution Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up slightly less than three-fifths of Distribution Managers. Pay fluctuates from $40K to $97K per year, but expected earnings average $63K annually. Final cash compensation to Distribution Managers varies from around $40K to approximately $97K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $12K and $8K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Distribution Managers (83 percent) who took the survey are men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,354 - $91,242

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$12.94 - $29.15

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$40,354 - $91,242  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,365  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,500  
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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$39,827 - $97,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 748
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.94 - $29.15  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $43.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,365  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,500  
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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$39,827 - $97,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53
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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. More often than not, a Director of Distribution role is the next step for Distribution Managers moving up in the field. Directors of Distribution usually make $101K per year. Many other Distribution Managers choose to take on a Logistics Manager role, where salaries are typically $61K.

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Popular Skills for Distribution Manager


Distribution Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Operations Management, Microsoft Excel, and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $53K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $63K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $70K. Distribution Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $72K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Distribution Managers, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 36 percent greater than the national average. Distribution Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Ontario (+32 percent), Irvine (+31 percent), Charlotte (+24 percent), and Dallas (+17 percent). The lowest-paying market is Seattle, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Employers in Portland and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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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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National Average
$64,000

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Inventory Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 157 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 11%
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