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2006 Distribution & Manufacturing Professionals Salary Survey

What's changed since 2003?

salary guide 2006

In 2003, we utilized online guides such as www.salary.com to provide some insight into what people in the supply chain business earn. While these aren't totally accurate numbers (they are median salaries), you'll find information on a variety of positions and what they typically earn.

NOTE: These salary numbers are based on broad national data reported by human resource departments of tens of thousands of employers from all sizes, industries and locations to www.salary.com.

Warehousing & Distribution Positions

Vice President of Distribution

A VP of Distribution oversees all aspects of distribution operations. Develops policies and procedures for distribution processes in order to ensure optimization and compliance with established standards and regulations. Requires a bachelor's degree with at least 15 years of experience in the field. Demonstrates expertise in a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures. Relies on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. (Source: Salary.com).

A Vice President of Distribution can expect to earn a median base salary of $138,395 in a market such as Miami, Florida. In a smaller market like Oklahoma City, the position earns a median of $129,036.

Warehouse Managers

Salary.com defines a warehouse manager as someone who "manages all warehouse activities." This includes ensuring the receipt, co-ordination and safety of goods coming through a warehouse. The warehouse manager is in charge of on-time order arrival and dispatch, in time and in the right quantity. Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent with 5-7 years of experience in the field or in a related area. It goes on to say that a warehouse manager must be "familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures."

In Dallas, Texas a warehouse manager's median salary is reported as $55,932; nationwide that number is a bit lower at $54,319. The position seems to top out in the range of $60,000 per year.

Warehouse Supervisor

Salary.com describes a warehouse supervisor as someone who: “supervises the receiving, storing, packing, and shipping of merchandise or materials. Maintains stock records and schedules. Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent with at least 4 years of experience in the field or in a related area.”

The site reports that a warehouse supervisor earns a median base salary of $41,924, according to our analysis of data reported by corporate HR departments. Half of the people in this job earn between $33,646 and $54,014. Job description is shown at the bottom of this page.

Warehouse Workers

The site reports that a typical Warehouse Worker in the United States earns a median base salary of $28,009. A forklift operator earns a median nationwide salary of $30,846

Manufacturing Positions

Vice President of Manufacturing

Typically the top manufacturing executive in an organization, the Vice President of manufacturing "oversees all aspects of an organization's manufacturing processes. Responsible for planning and directing the layout of equipment, workflow, assembly methods, and work force utilization. Requires a bachelor's degree with at least 15 years of experience in the field," according to www.salary.com.

Manufacturing VP's are top earners according to the website, bringing in $173,080 at the low end, a nationwide median salary of $212,668, and  $259,550 in the 75th percentile.

Manufacturing & Industrial Engineers

Manufacturing engineers plan & design manufacturing processes in industrial plant. Salary.com says that a manufacturing engineer "maximizes efficiency by analyzing layout of equipment, workflow, assembly methods, and work force utilization. Determines parts and tools needed in order to achieve manufacturing goals according to product specification. Requires a bachelor's degree in engineering and 2-5 years of experience in the field or in a related area." There are three levels listed, detailed here.

The median expected salary for a typical entry level Manufacturing Engineers in the United States is $55,068. For intermediate engineers, it is $62,269. At the top end, advanced manufacturing engineers earn a median salary of $80,140.

Industrial engineers can expect similar numbers. An entry level industrial engineer's median expected salary is $54,498. Intermediate industrial engineers typically earn $60,430, while advanced engineers bring in $73,679. Industrial engineering managers earn $70,547 (median), and project leads can earn a median salary of nearly $84,000.

Plant Managers

Salary.com says that a Plant Manager "Manages and oversees overall plant operations including finance, manufacturing, manufacturing engineering, materials, quality assurance/control, human resources and information systems. Makes recommendations to improve productivity, quality, and efficiency of operations. May be required to meet certain certifications in field. Requires a bachelor's degree and 7-10 years of experience in the field or in a related area."

A plant manager is paid at the low end, $93,514. The position's median salary is $110,085, and it goes to $126,727 in the 75th percentile. These are nationwide numbers. In localized markets, the position has a median wage of $113,000 in Dallas. In a smaller market such as Little Rock, Arkansas, plant managers earn $102,000 median base salary.

Maintenance Supervisors

A typical U.S. Maintenance Supervisor earns a median base salary of $58,990. This position is often called Building Supervisor or Building-and-Grounds Supervisor.