Distribution Supervisor Salary

Median pay for Distribution Supervisors in the United States is around $51K annually. Cash earnings for Distribution Supervisors — including $6K in bonuses and $3K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $36K to $67K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by nearly all, and most earn vision coverage. There are far more male Distribution Supervisors survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,667 - $64,295
(Median)
$39K
$51K
$64K
MEDIAN: $50,580
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90%

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$12.33 - $26.03
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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
$38,667 - $64,295  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,118  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $2,517  
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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$35,659 - $67,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 366
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 - $6,118  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $2,517  
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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$35,659 - $67,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 often end up in upper-level roles like Distribution Manager. Distribution Managers bring home $61K annually on average. The most common career progression for Distribution Supervisors leads to becoming a Distribution Center Operations Supervisor, where pay is typically $49K. However, many Distribution Supervisors also opt to become Operations Managers, a position that pays $59K on average.

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Survey takers who work as 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Shipping. Experience with Inventory Management is often linked with knowledge of Logistics.

Pay by Experience Level for Distribution Supervisor

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


For Distribution Supervisors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $48K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $50K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. As Distribution Supervisors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in 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 52 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
27%
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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