Logistics Specialist Salary

Earnings for Logistics Specialists in the United States come in at around $48K annually on average. Cash earnings for Logistics Specialists — including $6K in bonuses and $4K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $29K to $71K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Logistics Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men make up a slight majority of Logistics Specialists (58 percent) who responded to the survey. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,572 - $73,401
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$73K
MEDIAN: $48,067
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$11.49 - $22.56
(Median)
$11
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,572 - $73,401  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,684  
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $4,027  
Commission
$-0.50 - $34,255  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,223 - $70,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 865
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.49 - $22.56  
   
Overtime
$15.31 - $35.08  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,684  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $34,255  
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $4,027  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,223 - $70,662  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 367
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Job Description for Logistics Specialist

Logistics specialists are in charge of effectively coordinating day-to-day logistics operations for their organization. One of their main responsibilities include preparing initial documentation regarding planning stages. They review contract plans and process reports based on their findings. Most of the time, logistics specialists collect and analyze relevant information regarding performance metrics. They also coordinate activities and make sure company resources are used efficiently. Additionally, logistics specialists participate in and facilitate support assessments.

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Logistics Specialist Tasks

  • Create, coordinate and complete shipments of goods between their company and vendors or customers.
  • Manage the shipments and transport of goods.

Common Career Paths for Logistics Specialist


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Though it's uncommon, some Logistics Specialists move into roles as Logistics Management Specialists, where pay is an average $65K per year. Logistics Specialists moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Logistics Managers or Logistics Analysts. The median paychecks in those roles are $17K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Logistics Specialist


For Logistics Specialists, comfortable salaries can be found at U.S. Navy; in fact, average earnings are around $48K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($25K versus $81K) is great.

Office Depot, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary 155 percent less than the top paying company ($19K).

Popular Skills for Logistics Specialist


Logistics Specialists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Operations Management, Data Analysis, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 20 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Oral / Verbal Communication, Customer Service, and Shipping. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know Inventory Management and Shipping. Those proficient in Logistics are, more often than not, also skilled in Shipping and Inventory Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Logistics Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $46K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $40K. Logistics Specialists bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Logistics Specialists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 36 percent, Logistics Specialists in Orlando receive some of the highest pay in the country. Logistics Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+36 percent), Minneapolis (+19 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and San Diego (+16 percent). Compared to the national average, Phoenix Logistics Specialists have considerably lower salaries, 26 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (12 percent lower) and Los Angeles (6 percent lower).

Logistics Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Logistics Specialist at U.S. Army?

Logistics Specialist in Washington:
"Logistics Management."
Pros: The organization itself and the "will get it done" attitudes. Failure is not an option.
Cons: The rank structure. Waiting on "open slots" to get promoted no matter what your knowledge is base on. The wait is long and outdrawn, it breaks down the morale because you work so hard to advance.

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Experience Affects Logistics Specialist Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Logistics Specialist Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 30%

Data Analysis
up arrow 20%


Negotiation
up arrow 8%

Inventory Management
up arrow 1%

Logistics
0%

National Average
$44,000

Shipping
up arrow 4%


Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 241 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 12%
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