Distribution Supervisor Salary
Close to one-half of Distribution Supervisors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $37K to $69K per year, and the average comes out to $53K annually. With some bonuses approaching $6K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $4K, overall incomes of Distribution Supervisors spread between $37K and $69K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though tenure and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Most claim medical and dental insurance and a strong majority get vision coverage. Distribution Supervisors who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 82 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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.Read More...
Distribution supervisors generally work in an office and warehouse (alternating depending on the needs of the day). These supervisors are often expected to move around the warehouse and sit in front of a computer for much of the day. Companies that provide shipping to customers or handle shipping for other companies are the typical employer for this position, which is typically full time.
While some companies will accept a high school diploma or equivalent for distribution supervisor positions, most prefer or require a bachelor's degree. Employers also look for a minimum of three years of experience working in a warehouse environment. Distribution supervisors must also possess the any certifications and licenses required by their employer and/or the state in which they work. They should also be proficient in basic computer programs such as the Microsoft Office suite, be good problem solvers, and be strong team leaders. Additionally, strong communication skills are essential.
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
Many Distribution Supervisors advance their careers by becoming Distribution Managers, who report a slightly higher median income of $61K. More often than not, a Distribution Center Operations Supervisor role is the next step for Distribution Supervisors moving up in the field. Pay for Distribution Center Operations Supervisors is usually $49K. Many Distribution Supervisors choose to take on an Operations Manager role instead, where salaries are typically $59K.
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Pay by Experience Level for Distribution Supervisor
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Distribution Supervisors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $46K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $53K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. As Distribution Supervisors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $59K.