Transportation Manager Salary (United States)

Transportation Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt—59 percent have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $37,901 to $90,643 per year, typical earnings come to $59,856 per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. Making up 79 percent of the field, male Transportation Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale 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  
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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While not commonly seen, Transportation Managers who transition into a Logistics Director position may earn an additional $42K per year. A more likely transition for Transportation Managers is Fleet Manager, Trucking & Transportation or Logistics Manager.

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Popular Skills for Transportation Manager

Survey results suggest that Transportation Managers put a wide range of professional skills 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Scheduling and Regulatory Compliance. Most people familiar with 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.
Across the entire workforce, experience and pay tend to be weakly linked—those with more experience do not necessarily bring in much higher salaries. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $49K to $58K. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $64K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Transportation Managers at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $66K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Transportation Managers report having spent one to 10 years on the job followed by those with 10 to 20 years.

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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Dallas
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Denver
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Phoenix
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National Average
$60,000
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Portland
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Minneapolis
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Tampa is home to an above-average pay rate for Transportation Managers, 18 percent higher than the national average. Transportation Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baltimore (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), Columbus (+7 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Indianapolis. Below-median salaries also turn up in Minneapolis and Portland (-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
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%