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Distribution Manager

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Distribution Manager coordinates storage, stock control, transport, and distribution of goods using logistics IT systems. May involve managing associated logistics and distribution staff members.

Job Outlook

There were 434 Distribution Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 14944 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Storage / Distribution Manager industry, which includes the Distribution Manager career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Distribution Manager jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $97,722.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $96,426.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Distribution Manager postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $62,386.

Education and Experience

Posted Distribution Manager jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree5.31%
Bachelor's Degree56.6%
Master's Degree14.31%
Doctoral Degree0.9%
Other18.52%

Posted Distribution Manager jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years18.52%
3 to 5 years51.49%
6 to 8 years17.91%
9+ years12.07%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Distribution Manager positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Management (44.18%)
  • Operations (42.99%)
  • Communication (41.25%)
  • Leadership (37.03%)
  • Customer Service (28.57%)
  • Sales (27.36%)
  • Planning (21.91%)
  • Problem Solving (17.67%)
  • Microsoft Excel (14.95%)
  • Microsoft Office (13.44%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Warehousing (37.31%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Process Improvement (12.69%)
  • Merchandising (6.18%)
  • Inventory Control (10.49%)
  • Inventory Management (11.36%)
  • Operations Management (12.47%)
  • Sales Management (4.61%)
  • Shipping And Receiving (9.08%)
  • Marketing (14.14%)
  • Warehouse Management Systems (11.16%)
  • Finance (10.69%)
  • Auditing (9.34%)
  • Business Development (6.47%)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (15.34%)
  • Supply Chain (22.67%)
  • Project Management (21.17%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Distribution Manager skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Fulfillment Manager
  • Shipping and Receiving Manager
  • Distribution Operations Manager
  • Order Fulfillment Manager
  • Distribution Account Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Distribution Engineer
  • Distribution Project Manager
  • Fulfillment Operations Manager

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Distribution Manager jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Amazon (376)
  • Ryder (287)
  • Uline (158)
  • Leidos (133)
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts (118)
  • Walmart (114)
  • Black & Veatch (110)
  • The Judge Group (103)
  • Burns & McDonnell (99)
  • Deutsche Post DHL Group (73)

North Carolina

  • Black & Veatch (10)
  • Amazon (9)
  • Leidos (9)
  • Hitachi (7)
  • O'Reilly Auto Parts (7)
  • Ralph Lauren Retail (6)
  • Lowe's (5)
  • Deutsche Post DHL Group (4)
  • Kenco (4)
  • Ryder (4)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!