Shipping Manager Salary

Shipping Managers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $46K per year. Overall incomes of Shipping Managers generally bottom out at around $26K and peak near $61K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $5K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Shipping Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Shipping Managers who answered the questionnnaire. While some workers in this profession — about one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and a little over a half have dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,690 - $66,018
(Median)
$31K
$46K
$66K
MEDIAN: $45,582
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$10.89 - $19.53
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,690 - $66,018  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,131  
Profit Sharing
$927 - $5,017  
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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$25,929 - $61,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 601
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.89 - $19.53  
   
Overtime
$15.17 - $29.67  
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,131  
   
Profit Sharing
$927 - $5,017  
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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$25,929 - $61,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 530

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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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As Shipping Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Logistics Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Logistics Managers earn $61K on average per year. Career advancement for the typical Shipping Manager often leads to becoming a Senior Shipping Manager or a Warehouse Manager; median salaries in these positions are $1K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Shipping Manager


Survey results suggest that Shipping Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in People Management, Logistics, Inventory Control, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service. It is often found that people who know Logistics are also skilled in Inventory Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Shipping Manager

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


Shipping Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $41K. Shipping Managers bring in $46K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $49K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Shipping Managers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Shipping Managers will also find cushy salaries in Memphis (+26 percent), New York (+16 percent), Provo (+8 percent), and Cleveland (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 18 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. Employers in Portland and Los Angeles also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Shipping Manager Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Shipping Manager Salaries

People Management
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Logistics
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Inventory Control
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Inventory Management
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National Average
$40,000

Shipping
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 294 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 25%