Distribution Center Compensation Survey - 2018

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2018 Survey Materials Available!
21 March 2018

2017 Survey Results Available on DataCentral®
14 August 2017

2017 Survey Materials Available!
15 March 2017

2016 Survey Results Available on DataCentral®
15 August 2016

2016 Survey Materials Available!

15 March 2016

Conducted annually since 2010, the Distribution Center Compensation Survey collects data for key jobs found in a distribution center environment across all industries.

This survey covers Total Cash Compensation in the form of Base Pay, Target and Actual Variable Cash plus Long Term Incentives. In addition, In-Hire Rate is collected for applicable positions. Data is collected on an incumbent basis to ensure a complete picture of all compensation elements and true percentile analysis.

Key Features

  • 296 participants were included in the 2017 Distribution Center Compensation Survey
  • Data is collected and reported for over 100 major metro areas
  • Incumbent Based Data 
  • Guaranteed Payments and Allowances 
  • Current Base Pay 
  • Target Variable Cash 
  • Total Targeted Cash (Base Pay + Target Variable Cash) 
  • Actual Variable Cash 
  • Total Actual Cash (Base Pay + Actual Variable Cash) 
  • Job Level Scoping Factors 
  • LTI Programs
  • Seven Countries are Covered - spanning the Americas and EMEA 
  • Standardized Benchmark Positions 
  • Data Reviewed and Verified by Compensation Professionals 
  • Data Scrutinized by a Series of Complex Computer Editing Processes 
  • Participant Job Matching Meetings Conducted 
  • DataCentral® and PolicyCentral® Tools Provided at NO ADDITIONAL COST 
  • Input via our user-friendly SmartScreen® Template 
  • Electronic Output in Adobe Acrobat PDF and Microsoft XLS Software formats 
  • Run Your Own Customized Peer-Selections - Export to PDF or Spreadsheet 
  • Age Data - YOU choose the Percent and Age-To-Date 
  • Customize the Percentiles in Your Reports 
  • Adjust Exchange Rates for your Reports 
  • Aggregate Data Presentations - No Company Specific Information Revealed 
  • Results are Available to Participants ONLY 
  • Multiple Output Reports Available to Meet YOUR Needs 

New This Year

The 2018 Survey is a combination of our US and International surveys into one unified study, resulting in some exciting and important changes:

  • Revised Positions – The survey job coding, descriptions and leveling schema have changed. The survey job description files include a comprehensive Job Leveling Decision Tree, and helpful matching tools.
  • Revised Data Elements – The survey data elements have been revised to accurately capture all pertinent international pay methodologies and practices, and include a number of relevant Distribution Center-specific elements.
  • Simplified Data Submission – Participants will now be able to submit ALL of their survey data for all countries on one single SmartScreen®.
  • Simplified Results Access – The results for all countries will now be accessed in a single location on DataCentral®.


The survey covers seven major countries in the Americas and EMEA, with over 100 specific metropolitan areas included. 


United Kingdom
United States

Survey Schedule

March 2018
1 April 2018
15 May 2018
August 2018
Distribution of Input Materials
Data Effective Date
Deadline for Submission of Data - Deadline Extended to 20 July!
Results Available for Participants via DataCentral

Survey Fees

All survey results are delivered via our DataCentral® online survey report tool. You have YEAR ROUND access to both the Standard Report which includes data from ALL participants on ALL jobs, and Custom Results where you can create your own report selections based on your choice of companies, product sectors, geographies, revenue, etc. With the Custom Report you have complete control of the complexity of analyses, comparisons, and customization of results from the survey database, and you can run an unlimited number of reports to satisfy your needs on a 24x7 basis. All results are provided in both PDF and XLS Formats, including uploadable XLS versions.  

DataCentral® Access
Provides BOTH Standard and Custom Report Access.  
     First Two Countries $ 1,075 total
     Three Countries  $ 1,625 total
     Four Countries $ 2,175 total
     Five Countries or More  $ 2,725 total
Hard Copy of Standard Report (per country, in addition to the fee above)       $ 250

Survey Discounts

We firmly believe in rewarding our survey participants for helping to make our surveys better. You can earn significant discounts this year!

10%   On-Time Discount if you submit your data by 15 May 2018
10%   Previous Participant Discount for all 2016 and 2017 Distribution Center Survey Participants
20%   New Participant Referral Discount to you for each new participant you refer – PLUS the company you refer also receives this discount!

Participants are invoiced when we receive their input to the survey.  All applicable discounts are applied at that time.

Survey Results and Samples - DataCentral®

There are two levels of results access available depending on your needs…whether you only need the Standard Report in PDF or XLS format covering ALL of the participants and ALL of the jobs, or Custom Report access which provides complex reporting “drill-down” capabilities.  Regardless of the level chosen, all participants will receive a FULL YEAR of 24x7 access to DataCentral® to download your reports online, or run unlimited Custom Reports and get immediate results. Both levels described below will provide the analyses in both PDF and XLS Formats.

Download the full survey Standard Report which contains ALL data from ALL participants.  Your data is included in the computation of job data statistics and totals.  Available in both Adobe Acrobat.pdf and Excel.xls formats, at no additional cost. 

  • Job Descriptions:  Uploadable job descriptions in Excel, Word and Adobe Acrobat are also provided at no additional cost.
  • Summary Report:  Displays a line of data for each job, including basic statistics such as:
Average or Median Salary Range Minimum 
Average or Median Salary Range Control Point 
Average or Median Salary Range Maximum 
Average or Median In-Hire Rate  
Average or Median Actual Base Pay
Average or Median Targeted Bonus Percentage   
Average or Median Targeted Total Compensation

View a sample of the Summary Report

  • Detail Report:  Provides a full page of data analysis for each job, including statistics on each pay element such as:
90th, 75th, 50th, 25th 10th Percentiles 
Number of Employees Reported 
Employee Weighted Average
Number of Companies 
Company Weighted Average
Earnings Mix: Showing Base, Variable Cash as a percentage of Total Cash
Prevalence and Impact Statistics and Analysis for various Pay Element 

View a sample of the Detail Report

  • Breakout Report:  For each survey job, displays averages or median of each pay element by Product Segment, Geographic Area and Revenue. 
Average or Median Base Pay
Average or Median Variable Cash
Average or Median Total Compensation
Average or Median Target Variable Cash
Total Number of Incumbents
Total Number of Companies

View a sample of the Breakout Report
  • Uploadable Excel Report:  Provides a job-by-job spreadsheet report with all of the major statistics and pay elements laid out in a readily uploadable format for third party analysis software.

A hard copy, printed version of the Standard Report is also available for an additional $250 per country.


The Custom Report Option offers detailed and full customized reporting capability.  Ideal for participants who need reports based on a selected set of participants or to meet specific scoping criteria.  You have complete control and flexibility in defining your own reports to include the pay elements and statistics you require.

Company Selections
Company Size by Revenue or Employment
Industry Segment and Product Category 
Geographic Area: Region/State/Metro Area 
Data Elements and Statistics Calculations
Custom Percentiles
Standard Deviations
Weighted and Simple Averages
Data Aging
And much more!

Includes all of the above reports from the Standard level PLUS

  • Uploadable Excel Breakout Report:  Similar to the Uploadable Excel Report above, PLUS adds the ability to split the results into categories such as Geography, Product, or Revenue, etc.
  • Market Comparison Report:  Provides a tabular and graphic comparison of your own company data to that of your selected market. An easy way to show competitive standing of your company.
View a sample of the Market Comparison Report

For a live demonstration of the power, flexibility and capabilities of DataCentral go to www.wmgnet.com and scroll down to ”Our Features” under “DataCentral” and click on “Take a Test Drive”, or call Toni McGrath at +1 408 816 2346 for additional guidance.

Recent Participants - 2017

Academy Sports + Outdoors
Ace Hardware
Advance Auto Parts
Ahold USA
American Eagle Outfitters
Art Van Furniture
Ascena Retail Group
Associated Food Stores
Big 5 Sporting Goods
Big Lots
Blue Apron
Build a Bear Workshop
Cardinal Health
Clean Harbors
Columbia Sportswear
Cost Plus World Market
Crate & Barrel
CVS Health
Dairy Farmers of America
Del Monte Fresh Produce Company
Delicato Family Vineyards
Dollar General
Domino's Pizza
E&J Gallo
FTD Companies
Genuine Parts
Graham Packaging
Hallmark Cards
HEB Grocery
Henry Schein
Holman Distribution Center
Hot Topic
HP Hood
Hudson's Bay Company
Ingram Micro
Iron Mountain
J. Crew
J. Jill
J.B. Hunt Transport Services
Jackson Family Wines
Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
Kenco Group
L Brands
L.L. Bean
Lifetime Brands
Lineage Logistics
lululemon athletica
National Distribution Centers
Nestle USA
Newell Brands
Office Depot
O'Reilly Auto Parts
Owens & Minor
Pack N' Ship
Payless ShoeSource
Penske Truck Leasing
Petco Animal Supplies
Pier 1 Imports
Polaris Industries
Rite Aid
Saddle Creek Logistics
Safelite Group
Sally Beauty
Schneider National
Schwan Foods
Stampin Up
Starbucks Coffee Company
Sub-Zero Group
Tailored Brands
Tech Data
The Nature's Bounty Company
Thirty-One Gifts
Toyota Motors of North America
Tractor Supply
True Value
US Foods
VF Corporation
Wal-Mart Stores
West Marine
Whole Foods
Wine Service Coop
Wolverine Worldwide

Plus over 170 more!

Survey Job Coverage


Logistics / Transportation 

Dispatcher – Entry
Dispatcher – Career
Dispatcher – Specialist
Dispatcher – Lead

Logistics / Transportation Analyst - Entry
Logistics / Transportation Analyst - Career
Logistics / Transportation Analyst - Specialist
Logistics / Transportation Supervisor
Logistics / Transportation Tactical Manager
Logistics / Transportation Strategic Manager

Equipment Operations

Equipment Operator - Entry
Equipment Operator - Career
Equipment Operator - Specialist
Equipment Operator - Lead


Expeditor - Entry
Expeditor - Career
Expeditor - Specialist
Expeditor – Lead

Forklift Operators

Forklift Operator - Entry
Forklift Operator - Career
Forklift Operator - Specialist
Forklift Operator – Lead


Loader - Entry
Loader - Career
Loader - Specialist
Loader - Lead

Picker / Packers

Picker / Packer - Entry
Picker / Packer - Career
Picker / Packer - Specialist
Picker / Packer - Lead

Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance Inspector - Entry
Quality Assurance Inspector - Career
Quality Assurance Inspector - Specialist
Quality Assurance Inspector – Lead

Returns Processors

Returns Processor - Entry
Returns Processor - Career
Returns Processor - Specialist
Returns Processor - Lead

Shipper / Receivers

Shipper / Receiver - Entry
Shipper / Receiver - Career
Shipper / Receiver - Specialist
Shipper / Receiver - Lead

Truck Drivers

Truck Driver - Entry
Truck Driver - Career
Truck Driver - Specialist
Truck Driver – Lead

Vehicle Mechanics

Vehicle Mechanic - Entry
Vehicle Mechanic - Career
Vehicle Mechanic – Specialist
Vehicle Mechanic – Lead

Vendor Compliance 

Vendor Compliance Coordinator - Entry
Vendor Compliance Coordinator - Career
Vendor Compliance Coordinator - Specialist
Vendor Compliance Coordinator - Lead


Warehouse General Worker - Entry
Warehouse General Worker - Career
Warehouse General Worker - Specialist
Warehouse General Worker - Lead

Yard Switchers

Yard Switcher - Entry
Yard Switcher - Career
Yard Switcher - Specialist
Yard Switcher – Lead

Warehousing Management

Warehousing Supervisor
Warehousing Tactical Manager
Warehousing Strategic Manager

Distribution Center Management 

Distribution Center Strategic Manager
Distribution Center General Manager
Distribution Center Regional Manager
Distribution Center National Manager

Administrative Support

Administrative Support - Entry
Administrative Support - Career
Administrative Support - Specialist
Administrative Support - Lead
Administrative Support Supervisor
Administrative Support Tactical Manager

Customer Service

Customer Service Representative - Entry
Customer Service Representative - Career
Customer Service Representative - Specialist
Customer Service Representative - Lead
Customer Service Supervisor
Customer Service Tactical Manager
Customer Service Strategic Manager
Customer Service Top Manager

Industrial Engineer - Entry
Industrial Engineer - Career
Industrial Engineer - Specialist
Engineering Supervisor
Engineering Tactical Manager
Engineering Strategic Manager

Facilities Maintenance

Facilities Maintenance Worker - Entry 
Facilities Maintenance Worker - Career
Facilities Maintenance Worker - Specialist
Facilities Maintenance Worker - Lead
Facilities Maintenance Mechanic - Entry
Facilities Maintenance Mechanic - Career
Facilities Maintenance Mechanic - Specialist
Facilities Maintenance Mechanic - Lead
Facilities Supervisor
Facilities Tactical Manager

Human Resources 

Human Resources Assistant - Career
Human Resources Assistant - Specialist

Human Resources Representative - Entry
Human Resources Representative - Career
Human Resources Representative - Specialist
Human Resources Supervisor
Human Resources Tactical Manager
Human Resources Strategic Manager

Information Technologies (Internal IT) 

IT Computer Technician - Entry
IT Computer Technician - Career
IT Computer Technician - Specialist
IT Computer Technician - Lead
IT Systems Analyst - Entry
IT Systems Analyst - Career
IT Systems Analyst - Specialist
IT Supervisor
IT Tactical Manager

Inventory Control

Inventory Control Coordinator – Entry
Inventory Control Coordinator – Career
Inventory Control Coordinator – Specialist
Inventory Control Coordinator - Lead
Inventory Control – Supervisor
Inventory Control - Manager 1


Janitor / Custodian – Entry
Janitor / Custodian – Career

Loss Prevention

Loss Prevention Specialist - Entry
Loss Prevention Specialist - Career
Loss Prevention Specialist - Specialist
Loss Prevention Specialist - Lead
Loss Prevention Supervisor
Loss Prevention Tactical Manager

Security / Surveillance

Security Guard - Entry
Security Guard - Career
Security Guard - Specialist
Security Guard - Lead
Security Supervisor
Security Tactical Manager