A logistics manager is in charge of an organization's supply chain. This means he's responsible for the systems the company uses for efficient and effective movement of goods, including handling inventory and shipping. A logistics manager is trained in such subjects as warehouse operation, transportation, packaging and handling, shipping and distribution, and more.
There were 92,150 people employed as logistics managers -- transportation, storage and distribution managers -- as of May 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They earned a mean annual wage of $87,830. The best-paid 10 percent could earn $135,860 or more, while the lowest-paid 10 percent earned $47,800 or less.
Most Common Industries:
The largest employer of logistics managers was the warehouse and storage industry, with 7,450 of these supervisors. They earned a mean annual wage of $79,440, according to the BLS. The second-largest employer was the federal government, which paid 7,100 of these managers an average annual salary of $98,320. The third-largest employer was the freight trucking industry, which paid 6,480 of these managers an average of $82,280 a year.
Oil and gas extraction was the best-paying industry for logistics managers, with a mean annual salary of $150,270, according to the BLS. The second-best-paying industry was a related one, pipeline transportation, which paid $148,150 a year on average. Automobile dealers were the No. 3 industry, with a mean annual wage of $139,790.
States and Municipalities:
The state that employed the most logistics managers was California, with 11,100 working within the Golden State's borders. Managers here earned a mean annual wage of $90,420, according to the BLS. The best-paying "state" for supply chain management in the bureau survey was the District of Columbia, which paid $123,270 a year on average. The metro region with the largest employment was the Los Angeles area, with 3,290 managers earning an average salary of $87,520 a year. The Wilmington, Delaware, area was the best-paying metro region, with an average wage of $116,340 a year.