Shipping Manager Salary (United States)

It's impossible to make it big as a Shipping Manager in the United States; the average employee in this occupation scrapes together only around $39,542 annually. Compensation starts at $26,025 and can reach $60,706 per year. Total cash compensation varies from around $30,364 to approximately $65,594; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5,046 and $4,069, respectively. Residency and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all—26 percent lack any form of coverage—but most have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Making up 76 percent of the field, male Shipping Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. For the most part, Shipping Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Shipping Manager Salary (?
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$30,364 - $65,594
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Shipping Manager Salary (?
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$10.87 - $19.49
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$30,364 - $65,594  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,046  
Profit Sharing
$800 - $4,069  
Total Pay (?
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$26,025 - $60,706  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 558
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.87 - $19.49  
   
Overtime
$15.08 - $29.47  
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,046  
   
Profit Sharing
$800 - $4,069  
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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$26,025 - $60,706  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 479
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Job Description for Shipping Manager

A shipping manager is an administrative office worker who oversees shipping and receiving departments. Shipping managers are called upon to pack items for shipment, verify the contents of packages that are sent or received, order supplies, and monitor employees who work at lower levels.
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Shipping Manager Tasks
  • Hire, train, and oversee workers who receive, store, test, and ship.
  • Manage shipping and receiving operations, conditions, costs and timelines.
  • Evaluate and choose load size and transport, and coordinate from point of origin to final destination.
  • Liaise with compliance department to ensure meeting local, federal and international regulations.

Common Career Paths for Shipping Manager

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Shipping Managers may receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Logistics Manager position may earn an additional $21K per year. It is quite typical for Shipping Managers to transition into roles as Senior Shipping Managers or Warehouse Managers, where expected earnings are an additional $1,370 or $2,372 per year.

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Popular Skills for Shipping Manager

Shipping Managers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. People Management is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 4 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service. Those educated in Logistics tend to be well-versed in Inventory Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Shipping Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Though Shipping Managers can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $36K; however, pay rises to approximately $40K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $45K after 10 to 20 years. After 20 years in the field, Shipping Managers see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $48K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 24 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 2 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, a majority land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

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$40,000
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For Shipping Managers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Memphis, New York, Provo, and Chicago, where Shipping Managers annually earn 26 percent, 16 percent, 8 percent, and 4 percent more than the national average. Falling short of the national average by 18 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Los Angeles (-16 percent) and Portland (-6 percent).

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Experience Affects Shipping Manager Salaries

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$40,000

Skills That Affect Shipping Manager Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 265 votes.

Gender

Female
24%
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Male
76%
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Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 26%
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