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.

$31,493 - $78,641
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$31K
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$79K
MEDIAN: $47,975
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$12.06 - $24.02
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$31,493 - $78,641  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,040  
Profit Sharing
$1,425  
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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$25,953 - $62,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $24.02  
   
Overtime
$19.39 - $36.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,040  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,425  
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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$25,953 - $62,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 99
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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.

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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.

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Experience Affects Distribution Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Distribution Specialist Salaries

Customer Service
up arrow 20%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

National Average
$37,000

Shipping
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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