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An essential role in keeping goods moving around the world, distribution warehouse managers oversee daily operations in product distribution centers.

A warehouse can be a very busy place, and without the strong leadership of a distribution warehouse manager, the many sending and receiving processes can easily fall into disarray. It's the job of a warehouse distribution manager to ensure that everything runs smoothly by planning and implementing well-organized operational and personnel policies.

In addition to coordinating with supervisors and assisting in the oversight of distribution teams, the role of the warehouse manager can be to negotiate contracts with freight vendors, monitor inventory, and take part in the hiring of new recruits.

It's possible to work your way up to the position of distribution warehouse manager from an entry-level warehouse position such as package handler. Most employers require only a high school diploma or GED and prior warehouse experience to begin this rewarding career.

Once working as a distribution warehouse manager, you can expect to earn an average salary between $48,000 to $70,000 per year.

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a distribution warehouse manager. For example, did you know that they make an average of $27.24 an hour? That's $56,663 a year!

What Does a Distribution Warehouse Manager Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a distribution warehouse manager, we found that a lot of resumes listed 14.5% of distribution warehouse managers included warehouse operations, while 10.0% of resumes included safety procedures, and 6.5% of resumes included logistics. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the distribution warehouse manager job title. But what industry to start with? Most distribution warehouse managers actually find jobs in the retail and manufacturing industries.

How To Become a Distribution Warehouse Manager

If you're interested in becoming a distribution warehouse manager, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 31.8% of distribution warehouse managers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 8.4% of distribution warehouse managers have master's degrees. Even though some distribution warehouse managers have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a distribution warehouse manager. When we researched the most common majors for a distribution warehouse manager, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on distribution warehouse manager resumes include associate degree degrees or master's degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a distribution warehouse manager. In fact, many distribution warehouse manager jobs require experience in a role such as warehouse manager. Meanwhile, many distribution warehouse managers also have previous career experience in roles such as warehouse supervisor or operations manager.

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Average Salary
$56,663
Average Salary
Job Openings
25,029
Job Openings

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Average Salary for a Distribution Warehouse Manager

Distribution Warehouse Managers in America make an average salary of $56,663 per year or $27 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $103,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $30,000 per year.
Average Salary
$56,663

Best Paying Cities

City
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Average Salarydesc
Los Angeles, CA
Salary Range40k - 85k$59k$58,910
Miami, FL
Salary Range39k - 85k$58k$57,958
Arlington Heights, IL
Salary Range35k - 72k$50k$50,232
Plainfield, IN
Salary Range33k - 70k$49k$48,892
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$85k

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09/25/2020
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Armstrong Flooring
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09/12/2020
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$110,00009/12/2020
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Armstrong Flooring, Inc.
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09/11/2020
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$110,00009/11/2020
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07/23/2020
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Distribution Warehouse Manager Demographics

Gender

male

80.8 %

female

13.7 %

unknown

5.6 %

Ethnicity

White

67.1 %

Hispanic or Latino

17.6 %

Black or African American

9.1 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.2 %

Carrier

14.9 %

Portuguese

4.3 %
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Distribution Warehouse Manager Education

Majors

Business
44.5 %

Degrees

High School Diploma

32.4 %

Bachelors

31.8 %

Associate

15.9 %

Top Colleges for Distribution Warehouse Managers

1. Stanford University

Stanford, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

2. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

3. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL • Private

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

4. Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, ME • Public

In-State Tuition
$13,478
Enrollment
979

5. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548

6. California State University - Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$7,309
Enrollment
9,142

7. SUNY at Binghamton

Vestal, NY • Public

In-State Tuition
$9,808
Enrollment
13,990

8. Villanova University

Villanova, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$53,308
Enrollment
6,819

9. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$7,488
Enrollment
30,018

10. Bentley University

Waltham, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$49,880
Enrollment
4,177
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Best States For a Distribution Warehouse Manager

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a distribution warehouse manager. The best states for people in this position are Hawaii, California, Washington, and West Virginia. Distribution warehouse managers make the most in Hawaii with an average salary of $64,972. Whereas in California and Washington, they would average $60,517 and $59,250, respectively. While distribution warehouse managers would only make an average of $59,179 in West Virginia, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. Florida

Total Distribution Warehouse Manager Jobs:
1,868
Highest 10% Earn:
$118,000
Location Quotient:
1.12
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Washington

Total Distribution Warehouse Manager Jobs:
813
Highest 10% Earn:
$109,000
Location Quotient:
1.04
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. California

Total Distribution Warehouse Manager Jobs:
4,091
Highest 10% Earn:
$119,000
Location Quotient:
1.31
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Distribution Warehouse Manager Employers

1. United States Army
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$52,603
Distribution Warehouse Managers Hired: 
16+
2. Adecco
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$32,578
Distribution Warehouse Managers Hired: 
10+
3. The Home Depot
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$55,822
Distribution Warehouse Managers Hired: 
7+
4. Amazon.com
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$52,702
Distribution Warehouse Managers Hired: 
7+
5. Cardinal Health
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$74,020
Distribution Warehouse Managers Hired: 
7+
6. ManpowerGroup
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$40,360
Distribution Warehouse Managers Hired: 
6+

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Updated October 2, 2020