Distribution Center Compensation Survey - 2020

Distribution Center

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2020 Survey Materials Available
09 January 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

  • 376 participants were included in the 2019 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

New Survey Jobs

Product Assembler 1 - 5
Product Repair Technician 1 – 5
Truck Driver Trainer 1 – 4

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 2020
1 April 2020
15 May 2020
August 2020
Distribution of Input Materials
Data Effective Date
Deadline for Submission of Data - Still Accepting Input!
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 $ 1,350
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!

$ 75   On-Time Discount if you submit your data by 15 May 2020 (Discount Extended to 15 June 2020)
$ 150   Previous Participant Discount for all 2019 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 2020, 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.

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 Soo Lee at +1 408 660 3272 for additional guidance.

Recent Participants - 2019

1 800 Contacts
Abercrombie & Fitch
Academy Sports + Outdoors
Accolade Wines North America
Ace Hardware
Adams Wine Group
Advance Auto Parts
AECOM/Federal Services
Aerospace Corporation
Agri Beef
American Eagle Outfitters
American Municipal Power
Anheuser-Busch Craft Brewing
Aramark Uniform Services
Art Van Furniture
Artesa Winery
Ascena Retail Group
Associated Food Stores
Austal USA
Automobile Club of Southern California
Bard Access Systems
Battelle Memorial Institute
Beam Suntory
Beam Suntory East
Bechtel Nuclear, Security & Environmental
Benziger Family Winery
Beringer Winery
Big 5 Sporting Goods
Big Lots
BJ's Wholesale Club
Blue Diamond Growers
Boart Longyear
Bob's Discount Furniture
Bogle Vineyards
Boisset Collection
Booz Allen Hamilton
Boston College
Brandeis University
Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University/Idaho
Bucknell University
Buena Vista Winery
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Build A Bear Workshop
C. Mondavi & Family
C2 Essentials
Ca' Momi Winery
Cakebread Cellars
Caliburn International
California State University/Dominguez Hills
California State University/Fullerton
Canandaigua Winery
Cardinal Health
Charter Communications
Chateau St. Jean
City of Austin
City of Boise
Clean Harbors
Cliff Lede Vineyards
Cline Cellars
Clos Du Val Wine
ConAgra Foods
Concannon Vineyard
Concurrent Technologies
Constellation Bedford Warehouse Napa
Constellation Chicago Office
Cosentino Winery
Cost Plus World Market
Crate & Barrel
Crimson Wine Group
CVS Health
Davis County
Day & Zimmermann
Delhaize America Supply Chain
Delicato Family Vineyards
Designer Brand
Dick's Sporting Goods
Disney Parks, Experiences & Products
Distinguished Vineyards & Wine Partners
Dollar General
Domaine Carneros
Domaine Chandon
Domino's Pizza
Draper Laboratory
Dry Creek Vineyard
Duckhorn Wine
Duke University
Dyncorp International
E. & J. Gallo Winery
Eddie Bauer
Edwards Lifesciences
Elbit Systems of America
Epson Portland
Etude Winery
Eversource Energy
F. Korbel & Brothers
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Ferrari Carano Vineyards & Winery
Fetzer Vineyards
First Solar
Fiskars Brands
FKA Distributing
Florida International University
FN Cellars, LLC
Folio Fine Wine Partners
Foot Locker
Francis Ford Coppola Presents
Frank Family Vineyards
Franzia Vineyards
Freixenet Mionetto USA
Fresno Vineyards TWG
Frey Vineyards
Frog's Leap Winery
FTD Companies
Gap Inc.
General Dynamics/Information Technology
Genuine Parts
Giant Food
Giant Food Stores of Maryland
Grape Creek Vineyards
Greystone Power Cooperative
Gundlach-Bundschu Winery
H & M
H.E.B. Grocery
Hall Wines
Hallmark Cards
Henry Schein
Hershey's Chocolate World
Hess Collection Winery
Hogue Winery
Hudson's Bay Company
Ilitch Holdings
IM Flash Technologies
Indian Nation Wholesale
Inglenook Winery
Ingram Micro
Intermountain Health Care
Isuzu North America
J. Crew
J. Jill
J. Lohr Vineyards and Winery
J.B. Hunt Transport Services
Jackson Family Wines
JCB Tasting Salon
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
Johns Hopkins Univ/Applied Physics Lab
Joseph Phelps Vineyards
KEEN Footwear
Kenco Group
Kenwood Vineyards
King County
L Brands
L.L. Bean
L-3 Communications/Systems West
L-3 Technologies/ISR Systems
LangeTwins Winery
Lennox International
Leonardo DRS
Leupold & Stevens
Liberty Coca Cola
LJT & Associates
Lockheed Martin
Lodi Distribution Center
Lowe's Home Improvement
lululemon athletica
ManTech International
Mars North America
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mayo Clinic
Mendocino Wine Company
Merit Medical Systems
Mid-America Conversion Services
Mission Bell Winery
MIT Lincoln Laboratories
Mogen David Winery
Mumm Napa Valley
Muscatine Power & Water
Nammo Talley
Napa Bottling and Sales Office
Napa Wine Company
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Nestle USA
Newport News Shipbuilding
Nor-Cal Beverages
North Carolina Office of State Human Resources
Northrop Grumman
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Oakville Grocery
Oceaneering International
ODW Logistics
Ollie's Bargain Outlet
O'Neill Vintners & Distillers
Opus One
Orbit Irrigation Products
Pacific Union
Pack N' Ship Direct
Parker-Hannifin Utah
Paul Hobbs Winery
Peju Province Winery
Pennsylvania State University/Applied Research Laboratory
Penske Truck Leasing
Pet Valu
PETCO Animal Supplies
Physical Electronics USA
Pier 1 Imports
Polaris Industries
Post Consumer Brands
Purple Wine + Spirits
Qurate Retail Group
Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services
Ray's Station Winery
REI Recreational Equipment
Ridge Vineyards & Winery
Rio Tinto Shared Services
Rite Aid
Robert Mondavi
Rodney Strong Vineyards
Ryder System
Saddle Creek Logistics Services
Safelite Group
Saint Alphonsus Health System
Saks Fifth Avenue
Sally Beauty Holdings
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake Community College
Salt Lake County
Savannah River Remediation
Sawdey Solution Services
Sazerac East
Sazerac Pacific
Schneider National
Schramsberg Vineyards
Schug Carneros Estate
Schwan's Company
Seghesio Family Vineyards
Sephora USA
Shoe Carnival
Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative
Sierra Nevada
Silver Oak Wine Cellars
Sinclair Services
Skywalker Vineyards
Sonoma Estate Vintners
Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
Southwest Airlines
Southwest Research Institute
Spectrum Brands
St. John's University
Stags Leap Winery
Stampin Up
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
State of Idaho
State of Utah, DHRM
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Sterling Vineyards
Tailored Brands
Tech Data
Technical Solutions
Terlato Wine Group
Testarossa Winery
Textron Systems
The Children's Place
The Container Store
The Nature's Bounty Company
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company
The Wine Group
Thirty-One Gifts
TJX Europe
TK Maxx
Tommy Bahama
Torch Technologies
Tractor Supply
Treasury Wine Estates Americas
Trefethen Vineyards Winery
Trinchero Family Estates
Trinchero Lodi
True Value
Turner Road Vintners
U.S. Foods
UIC Technical Services
ULTA Beauty
UMass Memorial Medical Center
University of Pennsylvania
University of Texas at Austin/Applied Research Laboratory
University of Texas/Health Science Center - San Antonio
University of Utah
Utah State University
Utah State University Research Foundation/Space Dynamics Lab
Utah Valley University
Valley Wine Warehouse
Verizon Communications
Vintage Wine Estates
Visual Awareness Technologies & Consulting
Vivint Solar
Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District
Waste Management
Weber State University
Wente Family Estates
Western States Equipment
Whole Foods Market
Wine Creek Cellars
Wine Service Cooperative
Wineshipping.com McMinnville
Wineshipping.com Paso Robles
Wineshipping.com Santa Maria
Wineshipping.com Tualatin
Wolverine Worldwide
Zidell Marine

Survey Job Coverage




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

Equipment Operators

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

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

Picker / Packers

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

Product Assemblers

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

Product Repair Technicians

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

Quality Assurance Inspectors

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

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

Shipper / Receivers

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

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

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

Truck Drivers

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

Truck Driver - Class C CDL - Entry
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 - 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 - Career
Vehicle Mechanic - Specialist
Vehicle Mechanic - Lead

Vendor Compliance Coordinators

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

Warehouse General Workers

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

Yard Switchers

Yard Switcher with CDL - Entry
Yard Switcher with CDL - Career
Yard Switcher with CDL - Specialist
Yard Switcher with CDL - Lead

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


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 - 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 - 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

Health, Safety & Environmental

Health & Safety Representative - Entry
Health & Safety Representative - Career
Health & Safety Representative - Specialist
Health & Safety Supervisor
Health & Safety 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 Tactical Manager


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

Loss Preventionl

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