Distribution Center Compensation Survey - 2021

Distribution Center

Current Survey Status

Still Accepting Input for 2021!

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2021 Survey Materials Available
06 January 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

  • 293 participants were included in the 2020 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 - Intermediate Levels Added

Administrative Support
Customer Service Representative
Equipment Operator
Facilities Maintenance Worker
Facilities Maintenance Mechanic
Forklift Operator
IT Computer Technician
Inventory Control Coordinator
Picker / Packer
Product Assembler
Product Repair Technician
Quality Assurance Inspector
Returns Processor
Security Guard
Shipper / Receiver
Truck Driver - Class A CDL
Truck Driver - Class B CDL
Truck Driver - Class C CDL
Truck Driver - No CDL
Vehicle Mechanic
Vendor Compliance Coordinator
Warehouse General Worker
Yard Switcher - With CDL
Yard Switcher - No CDL

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 2021
1 April 2021
15 May 2021
August 2021
Distribution of Input Materials
Data Effective Date
Deadline for Submission of Data - Extended to 9 July 2021 
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 $ 1,400

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 2021
$ 200   Previous Participant Discount for all 2020 Distribution Center Survey Participants - Increased from 2020!
$ 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 2021, 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 - 2020

Abercrombie & Fitch
Academy Sports + Outdoors
Ace Hardware
Advance Auto Parts
Aerojet Rocketdyne
American Eagle Outfitters
American Municipal Power
Anheuser-Busch Craft Brewing
Aramark Uniform Services
Associated Food Stores
Automobile Club of Southern California
Barton Brands of California
Barton Brands of Kentucky
Barton Brands of Maryland
Beringer Winery
BFC Clifton Mill
BFC Jackson Mill
BFC Spencer Mill
BFC Stevenson Mill
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
Boulevard Brewing
Brewery Ommegang
Brigham Young University/Idaho
Bronco Wine
Brookshire Grocery
Bucknell University
Buena Vista Winery
Buffalo Trace Distillery
C. Mondavi & Family
Ca' Momi Winery
Cakebread Cellars
Canandaigua Winery
Cardinal Health
Casey's General Stores
Chateau St. Jean
City of Boise
Clean Harbors
Cliff Lede Vineyards
Clos Du Val Wine
CNH Industrial
ConAgra Foods
Concannon Vineyard
Constellation Bedford Warehouse Napa
Constellation Brands
Cosentino Winery
Crate & Barrel
Crimson Wine Group
Cutler Vineyards
CVS Health
Dakota Electric Association
Deckers Brands
Delicato Family Vineyards
Designer Brand
Dick's Sporting Goods
Disney Parks, Experiences & Products
Distinguished Vineyards & Wine Partners
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Dollar General
Domaine Chandon
Dry Creek Vineyard
Duckhorn Wine
Duke University
Duvel Moortgat USA
E. & J. Gallo Winery
Eddie Bauer
Epson Portland
Eversource Energy
F. Korbel & Brothers
Ferrari Carano Vineyards & Winery
Fetzer Vineyards
Firestone Walker Brewing
FN Cellars
Folio Fine Wine Partners

Foot Locker
Founders Brewing
Four Roses Bourbon
Francis Ford Coppola Presents
Frank Family Vineyards
Fresno Vineyards
Frey Vineyards
Frog's Leap Winery
General Dynamics/Electric Boat
Genuine Parts
Gonzales Winery
Grape Creek Vineyards
Greystone Power Cooperative
Gundlach-Bundschu Winery
H & M
Hahn Family Wines
Hall Wines
Hallmark Cards
Harlan Estate
H-E-B Grocery
Henry Schein
Herman Miller
Hershey's Chocolate World
Hogue Winery
Holman Logistics
Ilitch Holdings
Inglenook Winery
Ingram Micro
Isuzu North America
J. Crew
J. Jill
J. Lohr Vineyards & Winery
J.B. Hunt Transport Services
Jack Daniel
Jackson Family Wines
JCB Tasting Salon
Joseph Phelps Vineyards
Kenco Group
Kenwood Vineyards
Kenzo Estate
Keurig Dr Pepper
Kubota Tractor
Kwik Trip
L Brands
L.L. Bean
Lamb Weston
LangeTwins Winery
Leupold & Stevens
Levi Strauss
Liberty Coca Cola
Lockheed Martin
Lodi Distribution Center
Lowe's Home Improvement
Macey's Supermarkets
Mark Anthony Group
Mars North America
Mary Kay
Mayo Clinic
Meridian Vineyards
Mission Bell Winery
Mogen David Winery
Muscatine Power & Water
Napa Wine
Nestle USA
Night Shift Brewing
Nissan North America
North Carolina Office of State HR
Northwest Ordinance Distilling
NOW Health Group
ODW Logistics
Old Forester Distillery
O'Neill Vintners & Distillers
Opus One
Paul Hobbs Winery
Peju Province Winery
Pennsylvania State University
Penske Truck Leasing
Pet Valu
Phillips Pet Food & Supplies
Pier 1 Imports
Pitney Bowes
Pizza Port Brewing
Prisoner Wine
Purple Wines
Qurate Retail Group
Ray's Station Winery
REI Recreational Equipment
Ridge Vineyards & Winery
Rite Aid
Rix Industries
Robert Mondavi
Rodney Strong Vineyards
Rutherford Wine
Ryder System
Saint Alphonsus Health System
Sally Beauty Holdings
Schneider National
Schramsberg Vineyards
Schug Carneros Estate
Seghesio Family Vineyards
Sephora USA
Shoe Carnival
Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative
Sierra Nevada Brewing
Silver Oak Wine Cellars
Silverado Vineyards
Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
Southwest Research Institute
Sprouts Farmers Market
Stags Leap Wine Cellars
Stampin Up
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Stop & Shop Supermarkets
Subaru of America
Swift Transportation
Talley Vineyards
Tech Data
Terlato Wine Group
Testarossa Winery
Textron Systems
The Children's Place
The Glenmore Distillery
The Nature's Bounty
The Wine Group
Toyota Motors North America
Tractor Supply
Treasury Wine Napa
Treasury Wine Sonoma
Trefethen Vineyards Winery
Trillium Brewing
Trinchero Family Estates
Trinchero Lodi
True Value
Turner Road Vintners
Two Roads Brewing
U.S. Foods
Ulta Beauty
United Rentals
Univ. of TX/Health Sci. Ctr. - San Antonio
Valley Wine Warehouse
Vintage Wine Estates
Walsh Vineyards Management
Waste Management
Wente Family Estates
Whole Foods Market
Wine Service Cooperative
Wineshipping.com McMinnville
Wineshipping.com Paso Robles
Wineshipping.com Santa Maria
Wineshipping.com Tualatin
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 - 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


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