Supply Chain Manager Salary
Average Supply Chain Managers in the United States make around $79K annually. In the world of Supply Chain Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $49K and $120K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $16K and $15K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Supply Chain Managers who answered the questionnnaire. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Supply Chain Manager
A supply chain manager oversees and coordinates key parts of the franchise supply chain. The three main job responsibilities of a supply chain manager include promoting teamwork between the sales team and customer service team, developing and maintaining policies on general logistics and procedures, and maintaining overall inventory based on demand. A supply chain manager is in direct communication with suppliers and should be able to analyze cost effectiveness of current contracts. They must provide leadership and guidance to a team of store managers within the supply chain.Read More...
Days can have irregular hours, and the job often requires frequent travel to various stores in the supply chain. Work is generally indoors.
Minimum qualifications typically include a four-year degree or higher in a related field such as business administration, logistics, or sales, as well as several years of work experience in business and/or customer service. Supply chain managers must be intimately familiar with the each region they handle. Since this job is heavily dependent on being able to develop interpersonal relationships, strong social skills are a must; a supply chain manager must have both good verbal and written communication skills. Having strong coaching skills is also very helpful for motivating regional and store managers.
Supply Chain Manager Tasks
- Design, implement, and refine production system from materials to product shipment.
- Review employee schedules, tasks, and performance for productivity.
- Optimize inventory and supply chain activities and documentation for productivity.
- Select, evaluate, and foster collaborative relationships with suppliers.
Common Career Paths for Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Managers who go on to become VPs of Supply Chain Management may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for VPs of Supply Chain Management is $164K annually. Career advancement for the typical Supply Chain Manager often leads to becoming a Director of Supply Chain Management or a Senior Supply Chain Manager; median salaries in these positions are $41K higher and $38K higher, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Supply Chain Manager
Apple Computer, Inc, Hewlett-Packard Company, U.S. Marine Corps, Intel Corporation, and Lockheed Martin Corp are all popular places to work. Apple Computer, Inc pays the most with a median salary of $131K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $95K to a high of $172K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Dow Chemical Co, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Amazon.com Inc, where earnings of $122K, $121K, or $120K are standard for Supply Chain Managers.
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include U.S. Army at $57K, and U.S. Marine Corps where $58K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Supply Chain Managers there earn up to $99K.
Popular Skills for Supply Chain Manager
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Supplier Management, Contract Negotiation, and Materials Requirement Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Purchasing, Microsoft Excel, and Inventory Management. Those who learned Supply Chain also tend to know Logistics. Most people familiar with Inventory Management also know Forecasting, Logistics, and Data Analysis.
Pay by Experience Level for Supply Chain Manager
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $65K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $83K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $92K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $94K.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 50 percent, Supply Chain Managers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Supply Chain Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+18 percent), Atlanta (+18 percent), Philadelphia (+15 percent), and San Francisco (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Seattle, which sits 2 percent below the national average.
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