Shipping Supervisor Salary
For Shipping Supervisors, yearly average wages total $47K annually. Final cash compensation to Shipping Supervisors varies from around $29K to approximately $61K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $6K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority (84 percent) of Shipping Supervisors who answered the questionnaire are male. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Shipping Supervisor
Shipping supervisors work in warehouse environments overseeing large amounts of inventory. They supervise other warehouse employees and drivers to ensure that products are prepared for shipment, sent out, and received by clients on time and in compliance with company policy. An important part of this job involves meeting a company's production goals and finding ways to increase productivity. Shipping supervisors are often the liaison between the workers/drivers and upper management, and they are responsible for reporting damages to goods and discrepancies in inventory to the proper department.Read More...
Shipping supervisors are responsible for maintaining warehouse cleanliness, and so they must be aware of safety regulations and enforce them at all times. Because shipping supervisors monitor inventories and maintain associated records, they must be organized. Supervisors must maintain stock levels, so previous experience in purchasing is required. This job is frequently physically demanding, requiring the lifting of heavy boxes. Warehouse workers must wear safety boots and sometimes safety eye wear. The ability to drive/maintain a forklift and operate industrial shrink-wrap machines is often essential.
Employers typically require either an associate's or bachelor's degree for this position. Shipping supervisors must have experience working in warehouses and are often expected to have previously held a supervisory role. They must be familiar with shipping documents, computer literate, and able to communicate effectively with drivers/warehouse workers and upper management.
A person working in this job may work overnight shifts, weekend shift or on holidays. They may be required to carry a company cell phone and be on call even when not at work. This position is often full time and offers benefits.
Shipping Supervisor Tasks
- Communicate and foster positive relationships with major freight carriers.
- Monitor the loading and unloading of all deliverables and oversee the appropriate packaging for products.
- Direct and coordinate employees to ensure that orders are filled, complete, and ready to be shipped out.
- Learn, follow, and exemplify safety policies.
Common Career Paths for Shipping Supervisor
As Shipping Supervisors transition into upper-level roles such as Operations Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Operations Managers earn $59K on average per year. Becoming a Warehouse Supervisor or a Warehouse Manager is often the next step for a Shipping Supervisor.
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Popular Skills for Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Supervisors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, Logistics, People Management, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Inventory Control and Customer Service. Those familiar with People Management also tend to know Inventory Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Shipping Supervisor
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. The average beginner in this position makes around $39K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $44K. Shipping Supervisors bring in $46K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Shipping Supervisors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $50K.