Commissions constitute a big slice (just under one in three on average) of overall compensation for Distribution Managers, and the median take-home for this group lies near $65K. Overall cash earnings for Distribution Managers stretch from $40K on the lower end to $100K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Distribution Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction for Distribution Managers is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,580 - $94,123
(Median)
$41K
$65K
$94K
MEDIAN: $65,462
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$12.27 - $23.30
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$12
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$40,580 - $94,123  
   
Bonus
$992 - $15,033  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,292  
Commission
$20,000  
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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$39,635 - $100,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 592
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$12.27 - $23.30  
   
Overtime
$20.93 - $48.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$992 - $15,033  
   
Commission
$20,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,292  
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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$39,635 - $100,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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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As Distribution Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Logistics Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Logistics Directors earn $104K on average per year. 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 $104K 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


Distribution Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Customer Relationship Management, Forecasting, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Those listing Shipping as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Sales Management and People Management also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those 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.


For many Distribution Managers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $51K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $63K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Distribution Managers make a median salary of $75K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $80K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,865

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With a pay rate for Distribution Managers that is 23 percent greater than the national average, Ontario offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Distribution Managers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+17 percent), Boston (+16 percent), Portland (+12 percent), and Atlanta (+11 percent). Compared to the national average, Denver Distribution Managers have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Workers in Houston and Pittsburgh earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (19 percent less).

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Experience Affects Distribution Manager Salaries



National Average
$65,000



Skills That Affect Distribution Manager Salaries


Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Operations Management
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National Average
$65,000





People Management
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Sales Management
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Shipping
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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