Warehouse Manager Salary
For Warehouse Managers, Coca Cola United hands out the highest paychecks — $75K on average — relative to the national average of $50K per year. Warehouse Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at Safelite Autoglass, Inc ($59K), Republic National Distributing Company ($56K), and Advance Auto Parts, Inc. ($53K). Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Job Description for Warehouse Manager
A warehouse manager has many responsibilities, all of which consist of maintaining and receiving equipment. A warehouse manager must also supervise the staff of the warehouse, along with working with them to complete tasks. The job duties a warehouse manager is responsible for include complying with federal, state, and local warehousing.Read More...
Other tasks that must be completed deal with coordinating tasks, enforcing programs, safeguarding the warehouse, and controlling inventory levels, conducting physical counts, and reconciling with data storage system. A warehouse manager must also maintain the physical condition of the warehouse by planning and implementing new design layouts, inspecting equipment, and issuing work orders for repair and requisitions. Warehouse managers must also schedule workdays for other employees and must train and recruit staff. A warehouse manager must also maintain results by coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees; this also involves planning, monitoring, and appraising job results.
Skills required to be an effective warehouse manager and consist of supervision, developing budgets, safety management, developing standards, managing processes, surveillance skills, inventory control, reporting skills, analyzing information, and equipment maintenance. A warehouse manager may work indoors or outdoors. Most work may seem tedious, but other staff members are available to ensure that tasks are finished with swift precision and care.
Warehouse Manager Tasks
- Manage warehouse staff.
- Monitor and improve shipping procedures to maximize shipping effectiveness and efficiency.
- Manage physical inventory and communicate inventory levels to staff and sales force.
- Schedule and coordinate shipments to all warehouses.
- Coordinate unloading of shipping containers, organizing and maintaining supplies.
Common Career Paths for Warehouse Manager
Though some Warehouse Managers move into positions like Director of Operations (where the average salary is $88K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for a Warehouse Manager is to become an Operations Manager or a Logistics Manager. Compared to Warehouse Managers, the first group earns $14K more on average, and the second group earns $16K more.
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Popular Skills for Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, People Management, Logistics, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Machine Operation, Data Entry, and Organizing. Those proficient in Inventory Control are, more often than not, also skilled in Shipping.
Pay by Experience Level for Warehouse Manager
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Warehouse Managers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $39K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $46K. Warehouse Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $58K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Warehouse Managers that is 15 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Warehouse Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+13 percent), Dallas (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Miami, 5 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Sacramento and Portland (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).
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