Distribution Manager Salary (United States)

For Distribution Managers, commissions account for a significant portion of income and add up to over three-fourths of their $64,324 annual pay. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. There are far more male Distribution Managers than women, making up 85 percent of those in this profession. Most Distribution Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Distribution Manager Salary (?
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$40,427 - $86,968
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MEDIAN: $62,666
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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 (?
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: 673
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.39 - $34.52  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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Distribution Managers may experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Logistics Director may bring in a lot more money — an additional $39K annually. The most common promotion for Distribution Managers, a Distribution Director position brings in an extra $36K annually. Another standard transition for Distribution Managers seeking advancement is to assume a Logistics Manager role, where pay often drops 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. For most people, competency in Inventory Management indicates knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Distribution Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Though Distribution Managers can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. At career start, salaries are typically $53K, which grows to $63K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $69K. Distribution Managers who stay in the field for several decades see their salaries grow less quickly after 20 years, with incomes eventually hovering around $71K. Distribution Managers with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with more than 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$64,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Distribution Managers, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. Irvine, Dallas, Columbus, and Atlanta also offer top salaries for Distribution Managers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 31 percent, 15 percent, 12 percent, and 9 percent more, respectively. 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

Inventory Management
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$64,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 170 votes.

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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