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Transportation Manager Salary (United States)

With roughly three in five of Transportation Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Transportation Managers is $59K annually and can range from $38K on the lower end to $91K per year near the higher end. Final cash compensation to Transportation Managers varies from around $38K to approximately $91K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K and $8K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The greater part enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Transportation Managers. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Transportation Manager Salary (?
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$39,456 - $84,434
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MEDIAN: $59,036
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Transportation Manager Salary (?
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$11.74 - $22.90
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$39,456 - $84,434  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,707  
Profit Sharing
$536 - $7,830  
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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$37,901 - $90,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,060
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $22.90  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $33.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,707  
   
Profit Sharing
$536 - $7,830  
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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$37,901 - $90,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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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Though some Transportation Managers move into positions like Logistics Director (where the average salary is $103K), this progression is not the norm. More commonly, Transportation Managers become Trucking & Transportation Fleet Managers or Logistics Managers.

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Popular Skills for Transportation Manager

Survey results suggest that Transportation Managers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management, People Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 17 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Scheduling and Regulatory Compliance. Those proficient in Logistics are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $49K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $58K. Transportation Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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 $66K on average. The majority of Transportation Managers have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.

Pay Difference By Location

Tampa
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Baltimore
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Los Angeles
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Columbus
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Seattle
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Atlanta
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Chicago
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Jacksonville
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Denver
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Phoenix
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National Average
$60,000
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Minneapolis
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Home to some of the best pay for Transportation Managers, Tampa offers exceptional salaries, 18 percent above the national average. Baltimore, Los Angeles, Columbus, and Seattle also offer top salaries for Transportation Managers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 14 percent, 9 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent more, respectively. In Indianapolis, salaries are 17 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 14 percent less in Minneapolis and 4 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
up arrow 30%
People Management
up arrow 17%
Safety Compliance
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National Average
$60,000
Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 4%
Scheduling
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 264 votes.

Gender

Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 14%