Logistics Specialist Salary

Median pay for Logistics Specialists in the United States is around $48K per year. In the world of Logistics Specialists, overall cash earnings stretch from $29K near the bottom to $71K near the top; these packages encompass bonuses that run close to $6K and profit sharing that can (albeit rarely) exceed $4K, along with commissions approaching $35K. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men make up a slight majority of Logistics Specialists (57 percent) who responded to the survey. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,194 - $73,967
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$33K
$48K
$74K
MEDIAN: $48,189
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$11.44 - $22.75
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,194 - $73,967  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,027  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $4,122  
Commission
$-0.50 - $34,521  
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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$29,173 - $71,080  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,003
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.44 - $22.75  
   
Overtime
$15.52 - $36.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,027  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $34,521  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $4,122  
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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$29,173 - $71,080  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 453
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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 some Logistics Specialists move into positions like Supply Chain Manager (where the average salary is $83K), this progression is not the norm. Logistics Managers or Logistics Analysts are common next-step roles for Logistics Specialists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Logistics Managers is $17K higher on average, and it's $6K higher for Logistics Analysts.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Logistics Specialist


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Logistics Specialists include U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force (USAF), Office Depot, Inc., and Amazon.com Inc. Logistics Specialists seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at U.S. Navy, where the median salary comes to $51K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($25K) and those starting out ($80K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

With a median salary of only $19K (168 percent lower than the top payer), Office Depot, Inc. lags significantly in the earnings department.

Popular Skills for Logistics Specialist


Survey results imply that Logistics Specialists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Supply Chain, Project Management, Negotiation, and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Those listing Data Entry as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Oral / Verbal Communication and Microsoft Excel also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of Shipping and Inventory Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Logistics Specialist

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


For many Logistics Specialists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $41K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $46K. Logistics Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $50K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,102

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Logistics Specialists that is 36 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Logistics Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+19 percent), San Diego (+19 percent), Houston (+17 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Phoenix Logistics Specialists earning much less — 26 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Charlotte and 6 percent less in Jacksonville, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Logistics Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as a Logistics Specialist?

Logistics Specialist in St. Clair Shores:
"Complex and Intellectual."
Pros: The one thing I like the most about my job, is the fact that there is never a day where I don't learn something new.
Cons: My job can almost be as bad as being a detective when it comes down to figuring out where a part came from that has no location or number to go with it.

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Experience Affects Logistics Specialist Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Logistics Specialist Salaries


Supply Chain
up arrow 13%

Negotiation
up arrow 8%

Operations Management
up arrow 4%

Data Analysis
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Logistics
0%

Inventory Management
0%

National Average
$44,000

Shipping
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 15%

Data Entry
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 244 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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