Career

Business Management and Operations

 

Distribution Manager

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

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 67 Distribution Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 2438 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 2012:

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 $70,518.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $73,050.

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 $59,212.

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 Degree4%
Bachelor's Degree60%
Master's Degree6%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other30%

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 years19%
3 to 5 years55%
6 to 8 years17%
9+ years9%

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.

  • Communication Skills (41%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (32%)
  • Planning (32%)
  • Microsoft Excel (29%)
  • Problem Solving (28%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Budgeting (30%)
  • Scheduling (26%)
  • Logistics (22%)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (18%)
  • Inventory Management (14%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Customer Service (13%)
  • Staff Management (13%)
  • SAP (11%)
  • Occupational Health and Safety (11%)
  • Project Management (11%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • 3PL (Third Party Logistics) (6%)
  • Logistics Management (5%)
  • Shipping and Receiving (5%)
  • Distribution Management (5%)
  • Warehouse Management Systems (4%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Distribution Strategies (3%) – marginal value $3,280

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Regional Distribution Manager
  • Manager, Distribution
  • Distribution Operations Manager
  • Distribution Sales 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

  • Uline Shipping Supplies (104)
  • Zurich Insurance (97)
  • Disney (48)
  • Airgas Incorporated (35)
  • United Parcel Service Incorporated (31)

North Carolina

  • Biogen (2)
  • Zurich Insurance (2)
  • Wilsonart (2)
  • United Parcel Service Incorporated (2)
  • Hayward Industries (2)

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!