Distribution Center Compensation Survey - 2023

Distribution Center

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2023 Survey Materials Available
13 December 2022

2022 Survey Results Available on DataCentral®
31 August 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

  • 345 participants were included in the 2022 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 
  • 220 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 Jobs

Logistics / Transportation Analyst - Intermediate
Health, Safety & Environmental Representative - Intermediate

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 2023
1 April 2023
15 May 2023
August 2023
Distribution of Input Materials
Data Effective Date
Deadline for Submission of Data - Earn a $75 discount for submitting 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 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 $ 1,700

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 15 May 2023
$ 250   Previous Participant Discount for all 2022 Distribution Center Survey Participants
$ 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 2023, 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 - 2022

1 800 Contacts
Abercrombie & Fitch
Academy Sports + Outdoors
Ace Hardware
Advance Auto Parts
AIT Worldwide Logistics
Alex Lee
Allagash Brewing
Altec Industries
American Eagle Outfitters
Anheuser-Busch Brewers Collective
Apple House Vineyard Office
Aramark Uniform Services
Argyle/Dundee Wine
Artesa Winery
Associated Food Stores
Associated Fresh Markets
Associated Grocers of New England
Ballast Point Brewing
Barton Brands
Bath & Body Works
Beaulieu Vineyard
Bed Bath & Beyond
Benziger Family Winery
Beringer Winery
Berlin Marketplace
Big House Wines
Big Lots Stores
Biltmore Estate Wine
BJ's Wholesale Club
Blue Diamond Growers
Bob's Discount Furniture
Bogle Vineyards
Boisset Collection
Boston Beer
Boston Brands of Maine
Breakthru Beverage Group
Bridgestone Americas
Brigham Young University/Idaho
Brooks Sports
Bucknell University
Buena Vista Winery
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Bush Brothers
C & S Wholesale Grocers
C. Mondavi & Family
Ca' Momi Winery
Cakebread Cellars
Canandaigua Winery
Cape May Brewing
Cardinal Health
Casey's General Stores
Clean Harbors
Cline Cellars
ConAgra Foods
Concannon Vineyard
Constellation Brands
Constellation Chicago Office
Constellation Sonoma Office
Covenant Transport
Cox Communications
Crate & Barrel
Crimson Wine Group
Cutler Vineyards
CVS Health
D&H Distributing
Dan's Supermarkets
Dart Container
Deckers Outdoor
Deschutes Brewery
Designer Brand
Dick's Markets
Dick's Sporting Goods
Disney Parks, Experiences & Products
Distinguished Vineyards & Wine Partners
Dollar General
Domaine Carneros
Domaine Chandon
Don Sebastiani & Sons
Drake's Brewing
Dry Creek Vineyard
Duke University
E. & J. Gallo Winery
E. & J. Gallo Winery/Fresno
E. & J. Gallo Winery/Sonoma
Eversource Energy
F. Korbel & Brothers
Fetzer Vineyards
Finish Line
FN Cellars
Folie A' Deux Winery
Folio Fine Wine Partners
Follett Higher Education Group
Food Lion
Foot Locker
Four Roses Distillery
Francis Ford Coppola Presents
Franzia Vineyards
Freixenet Mionetto USA
Fresno Vineyards
Frog's Leap Winery
General Dynamics/Electric Boat
Genuine Parts
Giant Eagle
Giant Food
Glenmore Distillery
Gloria Ferrer Winery
Golden Hippo
Gonzales Winery
Gordon Food Service
Grape Creek Vineyards
Green Thumb Industries
Greystone Power Cooperative
Grgich Hills Cellar
Gundlach-Bundschu Winery
Hahn Family Wines
Hall Wines
Hallmark Cards
Hannaford Bros
Harvest Market
Heaven Hill
H-E-B Grocery
Hess Collection Winery
Hood River Distillers
Huneeus Vintners
Ilitch Holdings
Ingram Barge Company
Ingram Micro
Isuzu North America
J. Crew
J. Jill
J. Lohr Vineyards & Winery
J.B. Hunt Transport Services
Jack Daniel's
Jackson Family Wines
Jacksonville Aviation Authority
Jacuzzi Family Wines
Jericho Market
JoAnn Fabrics
Joel Gott
John Anthony Wines
Johnson's Sterling Market
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers
Joseph Phelps Vineyards
Justin Winery & Vineyard
K & G Fashion Superstore
Karl Strauss Brewing
Kenco Group
Kenwood Vineyards
Keurig Dr Pepper
Kimberley Organic Wine Vinegars
King City Vineyards
Koloa Rum
Kubota Tractor
Kwik Trip
L.L. Bean
LangeTwins Winery
Lennox International
Leupold & Stevens
Lineage Logistics
Lin's Supermarkets
Lockheed Martin
Lodi Distribution Center
Londonderry Village Market
L'Oreal USA
Macey's Supermarkets
MadTree Brewing
Mark Anthony Group
Mary Kay
Matthews International
Mayo Clinic
McBride Sisters Collection
Men's Wearhouse
Michael David Winery
Michaels Stores
Mission Bell Winery
Modern Times Drinks
Mogen David Winery
Nestle USA
Nissan North America
North Carolina Office of State Human Resources
Northwest Ordinance Distilling
NOW Health Group
Oakville Grocery
ODW Logistics
Old Forester Distillery
O'Neill Vintners & Distillers
Opus One
O'Reilly Auto Parts
PACE Supply
Pacific Union Co.
Paul Hobbs Winery
Peju Province Winery
Penske Truck Leasing
Performance Food Group
Pet Valu Canada
Petco Health and Wellness Company
Physical Electronics USA
Pine Creek Vineyards
Pine Ridge Winery
Pizza Port Brewing
Precept Wine Brands
Purple Brands
Quality Bicycle Products
Qurate Retail Group
Raymond Vineyard & Cellar
Ray's Station Winery
Realm Cellars
REI Recreational Equipment
Remy Cointreau
Retail Business Services
Rhinegeist Brewery
Richmond Market & Beverage
Ridge Vineyards & Winery
Robert Mondavi
Rodney Strong Vineyards
Rombauer Vineyards
Rutherford Wine
Ryder Systems
Sagamore Spirit Distillery
Sally Beauty Holdings
Santee Cooper
Schneider National
Schramsberg Vineyards
Schreiber Foods
Scribe Winery
Sephora USA
Shelburne Market
Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative
Siemens Healthineers
Sierra Nevada Brewing
Silver Oak Wine Cellars
Silverado Vineyards
Skywalker Vineyards
Sloop Brewing Company
SMSC Gaming Enterprise
Soledad Vineyards
Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
Southwest Research Institute
Sprouts Farmers Market
Stags Leap Wine Cellars
Stampin Up
Starbucks Coffee Company
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Stoller Wine Group
Stop & Shop Supermarkets
Subaru of America
Sugarlands Distilling
Sully's Market
Sutter Home Vineyards
Tailored Brands
Takara Sake
TaylorMade Golf
TD Synnex
Terlato Wine Group
Textron Systems
The Bountiful Company
The Giant Company
The Prisoner Wine Company
The TJX Companies
The Wine Group
TOPS Products
Toyota Motors North America
Tractor Supply
Treasury Wine Estates Americas
Trillium Brewing
Trinchero Lodi
True Value
Turner Road Vintners
Two Roads Brewing
U.S. Foods
Ulta Beauty
Union Wine Company
University Of Pennsylvania
University of Texas at Austin/Applied Research Laboratories
University of Texas/Health Science Center - San Antonio
Vectrus Systems
Verizon Communications
Victoria's Secret & Co
Village Market of Waterbury
Vintage Wine Estates
Vista Market
Wappo Vineyard Office
Wente Family Estates
West Elm
White Castle Systems
Whole Foods Market
Williams-Sonoma Stores
Windsor Vineyards
Wine Service Cooperative
Woodford Reserve

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 - Intermediate
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 - Intermediate
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