Transportation Manager Salary (United States)

Transportation Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $59,856 annually, on average, but can range from $37,901 to $90,643 per year. Total cash compensation runs from $39,456 to $84,434, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $14,707 and profit sharing that reaches $7,830. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Generous benefits are a perk in this profession; most claim both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision coverage. Most Transportation Managers are men (79 percent). The majority of Transportation Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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  
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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  
PayScale
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 it's uncommon, some Transportation Managers move into roles as Logistics Directors, bringing in an extra $42K per year. Becoming a Fleet Manager or a Logistics Manager is, however, a more typical career progression for Transportation Managers.

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Popular Skills for Transportation Manager

Survey results imply that Transportation Managers put a diverse skill set to use. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Scheduling and Regulatory Compliance. The majority of those 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, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Starting out, salaries fall in the $49K range but grow to $58K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $64K. As Transportation Managers reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $66K. Transportation Managers with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

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Denver
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National Average
$60,000
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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 are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Transportation Managers earning around 14 percent, 9 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent more than average. Indianapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Minneapolis and Portland are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -14 percent and -4 percent, respectively.

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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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%
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