With slightly less than 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 $63K per year and can range from $40K on the lower end to $96K per year near the higher end. Final cash compensation to Transportation Managers varies from around $40K to approximately $96K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $13K and $10K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the company and years of experience. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most Transportation Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$41,079 - $91,681
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$92K
MEDIAN: $63,163
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$13.13 - $32.03
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$41,079 - $91,681  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,698  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,933  
Commission
$-0.50 - $29,799  
Total Pay (?
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$39,804 - $95,669  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 900
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.13 - $32.03  
   
Overtime
$16.34 - $37.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,698  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $29,799  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,933  
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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$39,804 - $95,669  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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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.

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While not commonly seen, Transportation Managers who transition into a Logistics Director position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Logistics Directors is $104K per year. Many Transportation Managers choose to become Logistics Managers and Fleet Manager of Trucking & Transportations as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $3K less and $12K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Transportation Manager


Transportation Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Strategic Planning, Data Analysis, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 72 percent, 21 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, People Management, 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $55K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $61K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $67K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Transportation Manager with more than 20 years of experience can earn $75K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $63,572

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Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Transportation Managers, 54 percent above the national average. Transportation Managers will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+22 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), Dallas (+3 percent), and Charlotte (+2 percent). The lowest-paying market is Minneapolis, which sits 19 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (14 percent lower) and Sacramento (6 percent lower).

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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
$64,000



Skills That Affect Transportation Manager Salaries

Strategic Planning
up arrow 72%

Data Analysis
up arrow 21%

Project Management
up arrow 20%

Hiring
up arrow 12%


Operations Management
up arrow 4%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 4%

Logistics
up arrow 2%

Scheduling
0%

National Average
$64,000

Regulatory Compliance
up arrow 6%

SAP Transportation Management (SAP TM )
up arrow 6%

People Management
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 139 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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