Distribution Center Compensation Survey - 2017

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2017 Survey Materials Available!
15 March 2017

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2016 Survey Materials Available!
15 March 2016


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

This survey covers Total Cash Compensation in the form of Base Pay, Actual Variable Cash Earned plus Target Bonus as a percentage of base pay. 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.

The 2016 results have been released and included 307 participants.  If you were a participant and would like to order results, please contact us.

Key Features

  • Collects Current Year Base Pay, Earned Variable Cash, Targeted Bonus percentage, and Total Targeted Cash Compensation
  • Geographic breakouts of data for major regions, state, and over 100 major metropolitan areas throughout the country, with the ability to create reports for any U.S. zip code with sufficient data
  • Product and Revenue Level breakouts
  • 307 participants were included in the 2016 Distribution Center compensation survey
  • Data is collected on an incumbent basis to ensure a complete picture of all compensation elements and true percentile analysis

New This Year

New Jobs

Engineering Manager 2
Delivery Truck Driver – Entry (No CDL Required)
Delivery Truck Driver - Career (No CDL Required)
Delivery Truck Driver - Specialist (No CDL Required)
Logistics/Transportation Manager 2

PolicyCentral - New topic added - “Weekend Work Premiums”

Please refer to the survey Input Instructions for a full list of updated and revised survey content.

Survey Schedule

March 2017
1 April 2017
15 May 2017
August 2017
Distribution of Input Materials
Data Effective Date
Deadline for Submission of Data - $50 Discount for submitting data on-time!
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 Report 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 $ 975
Hard Copy of Standard Report (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!

$ 50   On-Time Discount if you submit your data by 15 May 2017
$ 75   Previous Participant Discount for all 2016 Distribution Center Survey Participants  
$ 250   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.


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 +1 408 399 4900 ext. 229 for additional guidance.

Recent Participants - 2016

Academy Sports & Outdoors
Ace Hardware
Advance Auto Parts
Ahold USA
American Eagle Outfitters
Animal Supply
Art Van Furniture
Ascena Retail Group
Associated Food Stores
Beckman Coulter 
Big 5 Sporting Goods
Big Lots
Brooks Sports
Build A Bear Workshop
Cardinal Health
Clean Harbors
Coca-Cola North America
Columbia Sportswear
Core-Mark RDC
Cost Plus World Market
Crate & Barrel
Delicato Family Vineyards
DHL Supply Chain
Dollar General
Domino's Pizza
Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
E. & J. Gallo Winery
Eddie Bauer
FTD Companies
Genuine Parts
H.E.B. Grocery
Hallmark Cards
Henry Schein
Holman Distribution Center
Hot Topic
HP Hood
Hudson's Bay Company
Imperial Supplies
Ingram Micro
Iron Mountain
J. Crew
J.B. Hunt Transport Services
Jackson Family Wines
Kenco Logistics Services
L Brands
L'Oreal USA
L.L. Bean
lululemon athletica
National Distribution Centers
Nestle USA
Newell Brands
Office Depot
Oriental Trading
Pace Supply
Pacific Sunwear of California
Patterson Companies
Payless ShoeSource
Penske Truck Leasing
Pier 1 Imports
Polaris Industries
REI Recreational Equipment
Rite Aid
Ross Stores
Ryder System
Saddle Creek Logistics Services 
Sam's Club 
Schneider National
Schwan Food 
Sephora USA
Shoe Carnival
Stampin Up
Sub-Zero Group
Tech Data
Thirty-One Gifts
Toyota Motors Sales USA
Toys R Us
Tractor Supply
True Value
U.S. Foods
ULTA Beauty
VF Corporation
W.W. Grainger
WalMart Stores
West Marine
Whole Foods Market
Wolverine Worldwide

Plus over 140 more!

Survey Job Coverage



Customer Service Representative – Entry
Customer Service Representative – Career
Customer Service Representative – Specialist
Customer Service – Team Lead
Customer Service – Supervisor
Customer Service – Manager 1
Customer Service – Manager 2
Customer Service – Manager 3
Returns Processor – Entry
Returns Processor – Career
Returns Processor – Specialist
Returns Processor – Team Lead


Industrial Engineer – Entry
Industrial Engineer – Career
Industrial Engineer – Specialist
Engineering – Supervisor
Engineering – Manager 1
Engineering – Manager 2


Forklift Operator – Entry
Forklift Operator – Career
Forklift Operator – Specialist
Forklift Operator – Team Lead
Truck Driver – Entry (Class B CDL)
Truck Driver – Career (Class B CDL)
Truck Driver – Specialist (Class B CDL)
Truck Driver – Entry (Class A CDL)
Truck Driver – Career (Class A CDL)
Truck Driver – Specialist (Class A CDL)
Truck Driver – Team Lead (Class A or B CDL)
Delivery Truck Driver – Entry (No CDL Required)
Delivery Truck Driver – Career (No CDL Required)
Delivery Truck Driver – Specialist (No CDL Required)

Vehicle Mechanic – Entry
Vehicle Mechanic – Career
Vehicle Mechanic – Specialist
Vehicle Mechanic – Team Lead
Yard Switcher – Entry (without CDL)
Yard Switcher – Career (without CDL)
Yard Switcher – Specialist (without CDL)
Yard Switcher – Entry (with CDL)
Yard Switcher – Career (with CDL)
Yard Switcher– Specialist (with CDL)
Equipment Operator – Entry
Equipment Operator – Career
Equipment Operator – Specialist
Equipment Operator – Team Lead
Equipment Operations Clerk – Entry
Equipment Operations Clerk – Career
Equipment Operations Clerk – Specialist
Equipment Operations Clerk – Team Lead

For Supervisor or Manager positions in the Equipment Operations function, see General Management jobs 41-M0 to 41-M2.


Warehouse – Supervisor
Warehouse – Manager 1
Warehouse – Manager 2
Assistant Manager Distribution Center – 2nd in command over one DC
Distribution Center General Manager – Top Manager at one DC
Regional Distribution Center Manager
National Distribution Center Manager


Inventory Control Specialist – Entry
Inventory Control Specialist – Career
Inventory Control Specialist – Specialist
Inventory Control – Team Lead
Inventory Control – Supervisor
Inventory Control – Manager 1


Computer Technician – Entry
Computer Technician – Career
Computer Technician – Specialist
Computer Technician – Team Lead
Systems Analyst – Entry
Systems Analyst – Career
Systems Analyst – Specialist
IT – Supervisor
IT – Manager 1


Dispatch/Scheduler – Entry
Dispatch/Scheduler – Career
Dispatch/Scheduler – Specialist
Dispatch/Scheduler - Team Lead
Logistics/Transportation Clerk – Entry
Logistics/Transportation Clerk – Career
Logistics/Transportation Clerk – Specialist
Logistics/Transportation Clerk - Team Lead
Logistics/Transportation Analyst – Entry
Logistics/Transportation Analyst – Career
Logistics/Transportation Analyst – Specialist
Logistics/Transportation – Supervisor
Logistics/Transportation – Manager 1
Logistics/Transportation – Manager 2


Maintenance Worker – Entry
Maintenance Worker – Career
Maintenance Worker – Specialist
Maintenance-Facilities – Team Lead
Maintenance-Facilities – Supervisor
Maintenance-Facilities – Manager 1

MAINTENANCE - MECHANIC (Equipment/Machinery/Electrical/HVAC)

Default to this job family if incumbent is responsible for both Facilities & Mechanical.

Maintenance Mechanic – Entry
Maintenance Mechanic – Career
Maintenance Mechanic – Specialist
Maintenance-Mechanic – Team Lead
Maintenance-Mechanic – Supervisor
Maintenance-Mechanic – Manager 1


General Warehouse Worker – Entry
General Warehouse Worker – Career
General Warehouse Worker – Specialist
Loader – Entry
Loader – Career
Loader – Specialist
Picker/Packer – Entry
Picker/Packer – Career
Picker/Packer – SpecialistQuality Assurance Inspector – Entry
Quality Assurance Inspector – Career
Quality Assurance Inspector – Specialist
Receiver – Entry
Receiver – Career
Receiver – Specialist
Shipper – Entry
Shipper – Career
Shipper – Specialist
Shipper/Receiver – Entry
Shipper/Receiver – Career
Shipper/Receiver – Specialist
Vendor Compliance Coordinator – Entry
Vendor Compliance Coordinator – Career
Vendor Compliance Coordinator – Specialist
Expeditor – Entry
Expeditor – Career
Expeditor – Specialist
Warehouse Clerk – Entry
Warehouse Clerk – Career
Warehouse Clerk – Specialist
Warehouse – Team Lead

For Warehouse Supervisor or Manager positions, see General Management Jobs 41-M0 to 41-M2.


Security & Safety Officer – Entry
Security & Safety Officer – Career
Security & Safety Officer – Specialist
Loss Prevention Specialist – Entry
Loss Prevention Specialist – Career
Loss Prevention Specialist – Specialist
Loss Prevention/Security – Team Lead
Loss Prevention/Security – Supervisor
Loss Prevention/Security – Manager 1


Human Resources Generalist – Entry
Human Resources Generalist – Career
Human Resources Generalist – Specialist
Human Resources – Manager 1