Distribution Center Compensation Survey - 2022

Distribution Center

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2022 Survey Materials Available
17 January 2022

2021 Survey Results Available on DataCentral®
23 August 2021

2020 Survey Results Available on DataCentral®
31 August 2020

2019 Survey Results Available on DataCentral®
14 August 2019

2018 Survey Results Available on DataCentral®
23 August 2018

2017 Survey Results Available on DataCentral®
14 August 2017

2016 Survey Results Available on DataCentral®
15 August 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

  • 391 participants were included in the 2021 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 
  • 218 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

New / Revised Survey Jobs

Distribution Center Trainer - Entry
Distribution Center Trainer - Career

New Data Element

A new data element, Workplace, has been added to the survey and SmartScreen. This new field indicates whether an employee is working in a traditional office environment, working from home, or working in the field.

Revised Data Element

We are now collecting in the Gender field “X” for Non-Binary/Other.

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


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


United Kingdom
United States

Survey Schedule

January 2022
1 April 2022
16 May 2022
August 2022
Distribution of Input Materials
Data Effective Date
Deadline for Submission of Data - Extended to 15 July 2022
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 $ 1,550

Survey Discounts

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

$ 75   On-Time Discount if you submit your data by 16 May 2022
$ 250   Previous Participant Discount for all 2021 Distribution Center Survey Participants - Increased from 2021!
$ 250   New Participant Referral Discount for each new participant you refer – PLUS the company you refer also receives this discount!
$ 1,000   Multi-Survey Discount if you participate and purchase both the Retail Sales Compensation Survey and the Distribution Center Compensation Survey in 2022, you will receive $1,000 off of your Retail Sales Survey Fees.

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.


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 Cherrity Ricks at +1 408 660 3272 for additional guidance.

Recent Participants - 2018

1 800 Contacts
Academy Sports + Outdoors
Ace Hardware
Advance Auto Parts
Aerospace Corporation
Agri Beef
AIT Worldwide Logistics
Alpha Omega Winery
Altria Group
American Eagle Outfitters
American Girl
American Municipal Power
American Signature
Aramark Uniform Services
ASRC Federal
Associated Food Stores
Associated Fresh Markets
Atkins Nuclear Secured
Austal USA
Automobile Club of Southern California
B.R. Cohn Winery
Ballast Point Brewing
Barnes & Noble
Barton Brands
Battelle Memorial Institute
Beaulieu Vineyard
Bechtel Nuclear, Security & Environmental
Benziger Family Winery
Beringer Winery
Best Buy
Big House Wines
Big Lots Stores
Big West Oil
Biltmore Estate Wine
BJ's Wholesale Club
Blue Diamond Growers
Bob's Discount Furniture
Bogle Vineyards
Boisset Collection
Booz Allen Hamilton
Boston Beer
Boston College
Boulevard Brewing
Brandeis University
Breakthru Beverage Group
Brewery Ommegang
Bridgestone Americas
Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University/Idaho
Brooks Sports
Bucknell University
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Build A Bear Workshop
C & S Wholesale Grocers
C. Mondavi & Family
Ca' Momi Winery
CACI International
Cakebread Cellars
California State University/Dominguez Hills
California State University/Fullerton
Canandaigua Winery
Capri Holdings Limited
Cardinal Health
Chambers and Chambers Wine Merchant
Chateau St. Jean
Cherokee Nation Businesses
Christian Dior Perfumes
City of Austin
Clean Harbors
Cliff Lede Vineyards
Cline Cellars
Clos Du Bois Wine
ConAgra Foods
Concannon Vineyard
Concurrent Technologies
Constellation Brands
Cosentino Winery
Covenant Transport
Cox Communications
Crate & Barrel
Cutler Vineyards
CVS Health
Dan's Supermarkets
Davis County
Day & Zimmermann
Delicato Family Vineyards
Deployed Resources
Deschutes Brewery
Dick's Sporting Goods
Disney Parks, Experiences & Products
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Dollar General
Domaine Chandon
doTERRA International
Drake's Brewing
Draper Laboratory
Duckhorn Wine
Duke University
Duvel Moortgat USA
E. & J. Gallo Winery
E. & J. Gallo Winery/Fresno
Edwards Lifesciences
Elbit Systems of America
Epsilon Systems Solutions
Eversource Energy
F. Korbel & Brothers
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Fetzer Vineyards
Fluor-BWXT Portsmouth
Food Lion
Foot Locker
Founders Brewing
Four Roses Distillery
Francis Ford Coppola Presents
Franzia Vineyards
Fresno Vineyards
General Dynamics/Electric Boat
General Dynamics/Information Technology
Genuine Parts
Giant Food
Glenmore Distillery
Golden Hippo
Golden SVCS
Greystone Power Cooperative
Grgich Hills Cellar
Gundlach-Bundschu Winery
H-E-B Grocery
Hall Wines
Hallmark Cards
Hannaford Bros
Harbor Freight Tools
Harlan Estate
Henry Schein
Herman Miller
Hess Collection Winery
Holman Logistics
Hood River Distillers
Hoyt Archery
IAP Worldwide Services
Ilitch Holdings
Ingram Micro
Innophos Nutrition
Intermountain Health Care
Isuzu North America
J. Crew
J. Jill
J. Lohr Vineyards & Winery
J.B. Hunt Transport Services
Jack Daniel
Jackson Family Wines
Jacksonville Aviation Authority
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
Johns Hopkins Univ/Applied Physics Lab
Joseph Phelps Vineyards
Kenco Group
Kenwood Vineyards
Keurig Dr Pepper
King County
Koloa Rum
Kubota Tractor
L Brands
L.L. Bean
LangeTwins Winery
Lennox International
Leonardo DRS
Leupold & Stevens
Liberty Coca Cola
Lin's Supermarkets
Lineage Logistics
Lockheed Martin
Lodi Distribution Center
Macey's Supermarkets
ManTech International
Mars North America
Mary Kay
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mayo Clinic
Mendocino Wine Company
Merit Medical Systems
Michaels Stores
Mid-America Conversion Services
Mission Bell Winery
MIT Lincoln Laboratories
Modern Times Drinks
Mogen David Winery
Napa Bottling & Sales Office
Napa Wine
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Nestle USA
New Age Beverage
Newport News Shipbuilding
NFI Industries
Night Shift Brewing
Nissan North America
North Carolina Office of State Human Resources
Northrop Grumman
Northwest Ordinance Distilling
NOW Health Group
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Oakville Grocery
ODW Logistics
Old Forester Distillery
Opus One
Orbit Irrigation Products
Pacific Press Publishing
Parker-Hannifin Utah
PD Systems
Peju Province Winery
Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania State University/Applied Research Laboratory
Penske Truck Leasing
Performance Food Group
Pet Valu
Petco Health and Wellness Company
Phillips Distilling
Physical Electronics USA
Pizza Port Brewing
Pottery Barn
Purple Brands
Qurate Retail Group
R.H. Phillips Vineyard
Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services
Ray's Station Winery
Raymond Vineyard & Cellar
Raytheon Technologies
REI Recreational Equipment
Resideo Technologies
Retail Business Services
Ridge Vineyards & Winery
Rio Tinto Shared Services
Robert Mondavi
Rodney Strong Vineyards
Rombauer Vineyards
Ryder System
Safelite Group
Sagamore Spirit Distillery
Sally Beauty Holdings
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake Community College
Salt Lake County
Sam's Club
Santee Cooper
Savannah River Remediation
Sawdey Solution Services
Schneider National
Schreiber Foods
Seghesio Family Vineyards
Sephora USA
Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative
Siemens Healthineers
Sierra Nevada
Sierra Nevada Brewing
Silver Oak Wine Cellars
Simi Winery
Sinclair Services
SMSC Gaming Entertainment
Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
Southwest Research Institute
Space Dynamics Laboratory
Spirit Aerosystems
Sprouts Farmers Market
St. John's University
Stags Leap Wine Cellars
Stampin Up
State of Idaho
State of Utah, DHRM
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Stop & Shop Supermarkets
Subaru of America
Sugarlands Distilling
Tailored Brands
TaylorMade Golf
Tech Data
Textron Systems
The Bountiful Company
The Children's Place
The Giant Company
The Wine Group
TJX Europe
Torch Technologies
Toyota Motors North America
Tractor Supply
Trillium Brewing
Trinchero Family Estates
Trinchero Lodi
True Value
Tulane University
Turner Road Vintners
Two Roads Brewing
U.S. Cellular
U.S. Foods
UIC Government Services
Ulta Beauty
United Rentals
University of Pennsylvania
University of Texas at Austin/Applied Research Laboratories
University of Texas/Health Science Center - San Antonio
University of Utah
USANA Health Sciences
Utah County
Utah State University
Utah Transit Authority
Utah Valley University
Valiant Integrated Services
Vectrus Systems
Vici Collection
Vintage Wine Estates
Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District
Waste Management
Weber State University
Wente Family Estates
White Castle Systems
Whole Foods Market
Windsor Vineyards
Wine Hooligans
Wine Service Cooperative
Zidell Marine

Survey Job Coverage




Dispatcher - Entry
Dispatcher - Intermediate
Dispatcher - Career
Dispatcher - Specialist
Dispatcher - Lead

Equipment Operators

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


Expeditor - Entry
Expeditor - Intermediate
Expeditor - Career
Expeditor - Specialist
Expeditor - Lead

Forklift Operators

Forklift Operator - Entry
Forklift Operator - Intermediate
Forklift Operator - Career
Forklift Operator - Specialist
Forklift Operator - Lead


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

Logistics / Transportation

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

Pickers / Packers

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

Product Assemblers

Product Assembler - Entry
Product Assembler - Intermediate
Product Assembler - Career
Product Assembler - Specialist
Product Assembler - Lead

Product Repair Technicians

Product Repair Technician - Entry
Product Repair Technician - Intermediate
Product Repair Technician - Career
Product Repair Technician - Specialist
Product Repair Technician - Lead

Quality Assurance Inspectors

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

Returns Processors

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

Sales Account Management Logistics Services

Sales Account Manager - Entry
Sales Account Manager - Career
Sales Account Manager - Specialist
Sales Account Manager - Consultant
Sales Supervisor
Sales Tactical Manager
Sales Strategic Manager

Shippers / Receivers

Shipper - Entry
Shipper - Intermediate
Shipper - Career
Shipper - Specialist
Shipper - Lead

Receiver - Entry
Receiver - Intermediate
Receiver - Career
Receiver - Specialist
Receiver - Lead

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

Truck Drivers

Truck Driver - Class A CDL - Entry
Truck Driver - Class A CDL - Intermediate
Truck Driver - Class A CDL - Career
Truck Driver - Class A CDL - Specialist
Truck Driver - Class A CDL - Lead

Truck Driver - Class B CDL - Entry
Truck Driver - Class B CDL - Intermediate
Truck Driver - Class B CDL - Career
Truck Driver - Class B CDL - Specialist
Truck Driver - Class B CDL - Lead

Truck Driver - Class C CDL - Entry
Truck Driver - Class C CDL - Intermediate
Truck Driver - Class C CDL - Career
Truck Driver - Class C CDL - Specialist
Truck Driver - Class C CDL - Lead

Truck Driver - No CDL - Entry
Truck Driver - No CDL - Intermediate
Truck Driver - No CDL - Career
Truck Driver - No CDL - Specialist
Truck Driver - No CDL - Lead

Truck Driver Trainers

Truck Driver Trainer - Entry
Truck Driver Trainer - Career
Truck Driver Trainer - Specialist

Vehicle Mechanics

Vehicle Mechanic - Entry
Vehicle Mechanic - Intermediate
Vehicle Mechanic - Career
Vehicle Mechanic - Specialist
Vehicle Mechanic - Lead

Vendor Compliance Coordinators

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

Warehouse General Workers

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

Yard Switchers

Yard Switcher - With CDL - Entry
Yard Switcher - With CDL - Intermediate
Yard Switcher - With CDL - Career
Yard Switcher - With CDL - Specialist
Yard Switcher - With CDL - Lead

Yard Switcher - No CDL - Entry
Yard Switcher - No CDL - Intermediate
Yard Switcher - No CDL - Career
Yard Switcher - No CDL - Specialist
Yard Switcher - No CDL - Lead

Distribution Center Trainers

Distribution Center Trainer - Entry
Distribution Center Trainer - Career


Warehouse Management

Warehouse Supervisor
Warehouse Tactical Manager
Warehouse Strategic Manager

Distribution Center Upper Level Management

Distribution Center Assistant Manager
Distribution Center General Manager
Distribution Center Regional Manager
Distribution Center National Manager


Administrative Support

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

Customer Service

Customer Service Representative - Entry
Customer Service Representative - Intermediate
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 - Intermediate
Facilities Maintenance Worker - Career
Facilities Maintenance Worker - Specialist
Facilities Maintenance Worker - Lead
Facilities Maintenance Mechanic - Entry
Facilities Maintenance Mechanic - Intermediate
Facilities Maintenance Mechanic - Career
Facilities Maintenance Mechanic - Specialist
Facilities Maintenance Mechanic - Lead
Facilities Supervisor
Facilities Tactical Manager

Health, Safety & Environmental

Health, Safety & Environmental Representative - Entry
Health, Safety & Environmental Representative - Career
Health, Safety & Environmental Representative - Specialist
Health, Safety & Environmental Supervisor
Health, Safety & Environmental 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 - Intermediate
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 - Intermediate
Inventory Control Coordinator - Career
Inventory Control Coordinator - Specialist
Inventory Control Coordinator - Lead
Inventory Control Supervisor
Inventory Control Tactical Manager


Janitor / Custodian - Entry
Janitor / Custodian - Intermediate
Janitor / Custodian - Career
Janitor / Custodian - Lead

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