Transportation Manager Salary

With nearly three in five of Transportation Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $39K to $91K per year and averages out to $60K per year. Total incomes of Transportation Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $15K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $39K and $91K. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Transportation Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,932 - $86,135
(Median)
$40K
$60K
$86K
MEDIAN: $60,454
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$11.74 - $24.08
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$39,932 - $86,135  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,673  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,266  
Commission
$3,663 - $11,792  
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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$39,146 - $91,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $24.08  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.54  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,673  
   
Commission
$3,663 - $11,792  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,266  
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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$39,146 - $91,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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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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Transportation Managers do not often transition into Logistics Director roles. The role averages $103K per year. However, it's more common for Transportation Managers to move into roles as Trucking & Transportation Fleet Managers or Logistics Managers.

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Popular Skills for Transportation Manager


Transportation Managers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Budget Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 15 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. 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.


For many Transportation Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $51K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $60K. Transportation Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $65K. Transportation Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $68K.

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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
$61,000



Skills That Affect Transportation Manager Salaries

Project Management
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People Management
up arrow 8%




Safety Compliance
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National Average
$61,000

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 227 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 15%
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