Distribution Specialist Salary
Distribution Specialists in the United States take home an average $15.94 per hour. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of Distribution Specialists (69 percent) who took the survey are men. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Distribution Specialist
Distribution specialists work in a factory or warehouse environment to receive, store, and distribute equipment needed for the company. They also have inventory duties and are usually accountable for loss of goods, and they must ensure adequate levels of necessary supplies at all times. They may also have ordering duties and should be able to negotiate and facilitate relationships with vendors.Read More...
Distribution specialists must fulfill material requests in a timely manner while adhering to all safety guidelines. This job can be physically demanding, and they should be able to stand and walk for long periods of time, bend and kneel, and lift heavy items, often in a repetitive manner. Strong computer skills are necessary in this position, as many tasks are aided with software applications, and they must ensure that all items are packaged correctly to avoid damage. Organization is also an important part of the job to ensure that materials can be easily located and retrieved.
This is often a leadership position in which other employees will be guided in performing material distribution tasks, and work activities should be documented accurately. Reports may also be generated from this data to improve activities within the distribution center. A high school diploma is often a minimum requirement for this position.
Distribution Specialist Tasks
- Manage and mitigate handling errors, damaged goods and other failures.
- Demonstrate appropriate packaging, handling and labeling, creating standard operating procedures.
- Monitor distribution processes, identifying bottlenecks and implementing improvements to sorting, collection and collation.
- Keep official records for incoming and outbound cargo, verifying and refusing cargo.
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Pay by Experience Level for Distribution Specialist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Distribution Specialists, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $34K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $37K on average. Distribution Specialists bring in $39K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Distribution Specialists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $51K.