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Transportation Manager Salary (United States)

Nearly three-fifths of Transportation Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $38K to $92K per year, but median earnings come to around $60K annually. In the world of Transportation Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $38K and $92K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $15K and $8K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Transportation Managers survey respondents are men (78 percent). Job satisfaction for Transportation Managers is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Transportation Manager Salary (?
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$39,471 - $85,665
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MEDIAN: $59,628
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Transportation Manager Salary (?
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$11.79 - $23.18
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$39,471 - $85,665  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,042  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $7,835  
Commission
$1,800 - $9,500  
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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$38,031 - $91,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,079
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.79 - $23.18  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $32.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,042  
   
Commission
$1,800 - $9,500  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $7,835  
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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$38,031 - $91,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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Job Description for Transportation Manager

Transportation managers oversee all transportation issues for their company from shipping and receiving supplies to transporting employees to meetings to calculating per mile travel costs. Companies rely on transportation managers to keep costs low and efficiently manage transportation-related issues. Aside from managing the logistical aspects of transportation, the transportation manager typically also manage other transportation employees. They perform a range of managerial tasks such as providing guidance to employees, overseeing their work, and handling disciplinary issues as needed. Transportation managers generally work full time in an office setting, although overtime may be required depending on the needs of their employer.
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Transportation Manager Tasks
  • Establish company shipping and safety policies and enforce compliance with DOT regulations.
  • Work within budget constraints and seek to minimize transportation costs.
  • Determine shipping logistics, deciding routes, schedules, vehicles, and personnel.
  • Analyze shipping data to identify strategies for making routes more efficient.

Common Career Paths for Transportation Manager

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It's not very common for Transportation Managers to move on to become Logistics Directors. Average pay for a Logistics Director is $104K annually. A more common career path for Transportation Managers is stepping into the role of Fleet Manager of Trucking & Transportation or Logistics Manager.

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Popular Skills for Transportation Manager

Survey results suggest that Transportation Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Budget Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 18 percent, and 16 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Regulatory Compliance. Most people who know Logistics also know Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Transportation Manager

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 worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $50K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $59K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $64K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $67K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

Pittsburgh
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Chicago
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Los Angeles
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Denver
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Houston
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National Average
$60,000
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
For Transportation Managers, Pittsburgh provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Transportation Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baltimore (+14 percent), Tampa (+13 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Minneapolis, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Atlanta and 3 percent less in Portland, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Transportation Manager Reviews

What is it like working as a Transportation Manager?
Transportation Manager in Fort Worth:
Pros: I like the way that my boss works with my schedule and will allow me to work from home.
Cons: I do not like the lack of benefits for employees.

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Experience Affects Transportation Manager Salaries

National Average
$60,000

Skills That Affect Transportation Manager Salaries

Project Management
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People Management
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Safety Compliance
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National Average
$60,000
Regulatory Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 251 votes.

Gender

Female
22%
female alumni
 
Male
78%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 15%