Distribution Center Compensation Survey - 2019

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2019 Survey Materials Available!
13 February 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.

New This Year

One Price for All Countries

The survey fee is $1,200, regardless of the number of countries submitted

Revised Job/Focus Codes

The previous Job Focus Codes are now incorporated in the Survey Job Codes and titles, and the Job Focus Code field has been eliminated

New Jobs Added

Health & Safety Job Family
Human Resources Strategic Manager
Janitor Lead
Sales Job Family – Logistics Services

Changed Job Code


Revised Job Description

Security Guards

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

Key Features

  • 307 participants were included in the 2018 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 


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 2019
1 April 2019
15 May 2019
August 2019
Distribution of Input Materials
Data Effective Date
Deadline for Submission of Data - Extended to 30 June 2019
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 $ 1,200
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 2019
$ 150   Previous Participant Discount for all 2017 and 2018 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 2019, 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 Toni McGrath at +1 408 816 2346 for additional guidance.

Recent Participants - 2018

1 800 Contacts
Abercrombie & Fitch
Academy Sports + Outdoors
Ace Hardware
Adams Wine Group
Agri Beef
Air Monitor
Alvarado Street Bakery
American Eagle Outfitters
Aramark Uniform Services
Art Van Furniture
Artesa Winery
Ascena Retail Group
Associated Food Stores
Automobile Club of Southern California
B.R. Cohn Winery
Bard Access Systems
Bath And Body Works
Benziger Family Winery
Big 5 Sporting Goods
Big Lots
Big Ranch Road Vineyard
Biofire Diagnostics
Blue Apron
Blue Diamond Growers
Boart Longyear
Bogle Vineyards
Boisset Collection
Boston College
Brandeis University
Brigham Young University
Brigham Young University/Idaho
Build A Bear Workshop
Burlington Stores
C. Mondavi & Family
Ca' Momi Winery
Cakebread Cellars
California State University/Long Beach
Canandaigua Winery
Cardinal Health
Charter Communications
City of Austin
City of Boise
Clarks Shoes International
Clean Harbors
Cliff Lede Vineyards
Clos Du Val Wine
Coca-Cola North America Group
Compass Minerals
ConAgra Foods
Concannon Vineyard
Constellation Brands
Core-Mark RDC
Crate & Barrel
Crimson Wine Group
CVS Health
Dairy Farmers of America
Davis County
Delhaize America Supply Chain
Delicato Family Vineyards
Distinguished Vineyards & Wine Partners
Dollar General
Domaine Carneros
Domaine Chandon
Domino's Pizza
Don Sebastiani & Sons
Dr. Martens Airwair
Dry Creek Vineyard
Duckhorn Wine
Duke University
E. & J. Gallo Winery
E. & J. Gallo Winery/Fresno
Eddie Bauer
Edwards Lifesciences
Epson Portland
Eversource Energy
F. Korbel & Brothers
Far Niente Winery
Ferrari Carano Vineyards & Winery
Fetzer Vineyards
Fiskars Brands
Folio Fine Wine Partners
Francis Ford Coppola Presents
Frank Family Vineyards
Franzia Vineyards
Freixenet USA
Frey Vineyards
Frog's Leap Winery
FTD Companies
Gap Inc.
Genuine Parts
Geyser Peak Winery
Giant Food
Giant Food Stores
Greystone Power Cooperative
Gundlach-Bundschu Winery
Gypsum Management & Supply
H.E.B. Grocery
Hahn Family Wines
Hall Wines
Hallmark Cards
Henry Schein
Herschend Family Entertainment
Hershey's Chocolate World
Hess Collection Winery
Hoyt Archery
Hudson's Bay Company
Ingram Micro
Intermountain Health Care
Iron Mountain
J. Crew
J. Lohr Vineyards and Winery
J.B. Hunt Transport Services
Jackson Family Wines
Jakks Pacific
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Joseph Phelps Vineyards
KEEN Footwear
Kenco Group
Kenzo Estate
King County
L Brands
L.L. Bean
LangeTwins Winery
Lennox International
Leupold & Stevens
Lifetime Brands
Lineage Logistics
Lockheed Martin
lululemon athletica
Mars North America
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mendocino Wine Company
Mercury Systems
Merit Medical Systems
Mission Bell Winery
Mogen David Winery
Mumm Napa Valley
Napa Cellars
Napa Wine Company
Negociants USA
Nestle USA
New Seasons Market
North Carolina Office of State Human Resources
ODW Logistics
O'Neill Vintners & Distillers
Opus One
Orbit Irrigation Products
Oshkosh B'Gosh
Owens & Minor
Pacific Press Publishing
Pacific Union
Pack N' Ship Direct
Paul Hobbs Winery
Payless ShoeSource
Peju Province Winery
Penske Truck Leasing
PETCO Animal Supplies
Physical Electronics USA
Pier 1 Imports
Polaris Industries
Purple Wine + Spirits
Quad Graphics
Qurate Retail Group
Rack And Riddle Custom Wine Services
Raymond Vineyard & Cellar
REI Recreational Equipment
Ridge Vineyards & Winery
Rite Aid
Robert Mondavi
Rodney Strong Vineyards
Rombauer Vineyards
Round Pond Estate
Rutherford Wine
Ryder System
Saddle Creek Logistics Services
Safelite Group
Saks Fifth Avenue
Sally Beauty
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake Community College
Salt Lake County
Sam's Club
Santa Cruz Nutritionals
Scheid Vineyards
Schneider National
Schramsberg Vineyards
Schug Carneros Estate
Schwan Food
Sephora USA
Silver Oak Wine Cellars
Sinclair Services
Skywalker Vineyards
Sonoma Coast Vineyards
Sonoma Estate Vintners
Southwest Research Institute
St. John's University
Stampin Up
Starboard Cruise Services
Starbucks Coffee
State of Idaho
State of Utah, DHRM
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
Sterling Vineyards
Swanson Vineyards & Winery
Tailored Brands
Talley Vineyards
Tech Data
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
Tire Centers
TJX Europe
T-Mobile USA
Toray Plastics America
Tractor Supply
Treasury Wine Estates Americas
Trefethen Vineyards Winery
Trinchero Family Estates
Trinchero Lodi
True Value
Turley Wine Cellars
Turner Road Vintners
U.S. Foods
ULTA Beauty
UMass Memorial Medical Center
Univ of Texas at Austin/Applied Research Labs
Univ of Texas/Health Science Center-San Antonio
University of Utah
Utah State University
Utah Transit Authority
Utah Valley University
Valley Wine Warehouse
Victoria's Secret
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District
Weber State University
Wente Family Estates
West Marine
Western States Equipment
Whole Foods Market
Windsor Vineyards
Wine Service Cooperative
Winn-Dixie Stores
Wireless Advocates
Wolverine Worldwide

Survey Job Coverage



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

Equipment Operations

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

Quality Assurance

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

Vehicle Mechanics

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

Vendor Compliance

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

Assistant Manager DC-2nd in command over one DC
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 Manager 1


Janitor / Custodian - Entry
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 / Surveillance

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