Transportation Manager Salary

With nearly three-fifths 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 $61K annually and can range from $39K on the lower end to $92K per year near the higher end. 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 $92K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Transportation Managers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 80 percent. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. For the most part, Transportation Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,309 - $86,410
(Median)
$40K
$61K
$86K
MEDIAN: $61,098
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$12.15 - $24.52
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$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$40,309 - $86,410  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,529  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $8,266  
Commission
$5,087  
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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$39,458 - $91,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,305
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $24.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.20  
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.41  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,529  
   
Commission
$5,087  
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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$39,458 - $91,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 89
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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 not the most common occurrence, Transportation Managers sometimes become Logistics Directors, where the average income is $104K per year. More commonly, Transportation Managers become Logistics Managers or Trucking & Transportation Fleet Managers.

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Popular Skills for Transportation Manager


Transportation Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Budget Management, and Logistics are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 12 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Regulatory Compliance. Those familiar with Logistics also tend to know Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Transportation Manager

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


For Transportation Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $53K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $60K. Transportation Managers bring in $65K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $69K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,853

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Transportation Managers, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 58 percent above the national average. Transportation Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+17 percent), Pittsburgh (+16 percent), Columbus (+15 percent), and Dallas (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Minneapolis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Atlanta and Sacramento are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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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
$62,000



Skills That Affect Transportation Manager Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 24%




People Management
up arrow 5%

Scheduling
up arrow 4%

Safety Compliance
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National Average
$62,000

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 236 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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