Distribution Supervisor Salary

Half of Distribution Supervisors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $36K to $68K per year, but median earnings come to around $51K annually. In the world of Distribution Supervisors, total cash compensation can vary between $36K and $68K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $6K and $3K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. In this profession, nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and most have vision insurance, as well. There are far more male Distribution Supervisors survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,720 - $64,595
(Median)
$39K
$51K
$65K
MEDIAN: $50,597
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50%
90%

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$12.33 - $26.03
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$38,720 - $64,595  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,109  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $2,511  
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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$35,731 - $67,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 370
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.33 - $26.03  
   
Overtime
$20.51 - $37.43  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,109  
   
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $2,511  
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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$35,731 - $67,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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Job Description for Distribution Supervisor

Distribution supervisors are responsible for supervising and coordinating all subordinate workers' activities, which may include storing, receiving, shipping, picking, and conducting inventory for items. These supervisors are in charge of making sure that information is correct for all items handled by their department and/or organization. Distribution supervisors must maintain compliance standards and ensure that all organizational goals are being met. They also need to study production levels and develop ways to improve performance.

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Distribution Supervisor Tasks

  • Maintain proper inventory levels in the system.
  • Lead distribution activities including scheduling, routing, loading and delivery of consumer products.
  • Coordinates the scheduling of DC staff to ensure that deadlines for areas of responsibility are met.
  • Supervise, train, and review new and existing DC staff.

Common Career Paths for Distribution Supervisor


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Distribution Supervisors may enjoy increased earnings if they become Distribution Managers. This seems to be a popular career move, and Distribution Manager earn a slightly higher median of $61K annually. Becoming a Distribution Center Operations Supervisor is, more often than not, the most common role that Distribution Supervisors move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Distribution Center Operations Supervisor is $49K. Another frequent advance is for Distribution Supervisors to assume an Operations Manager role; in this role, workers often take home $59K.

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Survey results show that Distribution Supervisors typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Inventory Management, Logistics, and Shipping are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Shipping. Many workers who know Inventory Management also know Logistics.

Pay by Experience Level for Distribution Supervisor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Distribution Supervisors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $48K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $50K on average. For Distribution Supervisors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $58K.

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Experience Affects Distribution Supervisor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$51,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Distribution Supervisor Salaries

People Management
up arrow 8%



National Average
$51,000

Shipping
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 88%
vision benefits Vision: 81% employee benefits None: 7%
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