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Transportation Manager Salary

About three-fifths of Transportation Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $39K to $92K per year, but median earnings come to around $61K per year. In the world of Transportation Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $39K 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. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men account for the majority of Transportation Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 80 percent to be exact. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,934 - $86,652
(Median)
$40K
$61K
$87K
MEDIAN: $60,552
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$11.79 - $23.86
(Median)
$12
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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
$39,934 - $86,652  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,981  
Profit Sharing
$0.36 - $8,045  
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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$38,807 - $92,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,113
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.79 - $23.86  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.10  
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 - $14,981  
   
Commission
$3,663 - $11,792  
Profit Sharing
$0.36 - $8,045  
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).
)
$38,807 - $92,424  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | 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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While Transportation Managers do not often become Logistics Directors, the job pays $103K per year on average. A more likely transition for Transportation Managers is Fleet Manager of Trucking & Transportation or Logistics Manager.

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Popular Skills for Transportation Manager


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Budget Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 15 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Those educated in Logistics tend to be well versed in Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Transportation Manager

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


Transportation Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $51K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $60K. For Transportation Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $65K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $69K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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
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Safety Compliance
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National Average
$61,000

Regulatory Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 235 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: 63% employee benefits None: 16%
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