Logistics Manager

Career Area: Business Management and Operations

Occupation Group: Logistics and Supply Chain Managers

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Logistics Manager earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $66,778

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $69,734

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Manages the work involved with logistics, including warehouse, transportation and distribution operations. Works to ensure timely delivery of products or materials. Manages contracts with suppliers and carriers. Supervises logistics analysts who gather data on production, storage and transportation costs; looks for ways to streamline logistics and implement cost savings.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina275+10.7%
Nationwide7724+6.8%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Logistics Manager is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Microsoft Excel: Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.
  • Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office is an office suite of applications, servers, and services developed by Microsoft.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Logistics: Logistics is generally the detailed organization and implementation of a complex operation.
  • Logistics Management: Logistics management is the part of supply chain management that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective forward, and reverse flow and storage of goods, services, and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customer's requirements.
  • Scheduling: Working experience making schedules, which are basic time-management tools, consisting of a list of times at which possible tasks, events, or actions are intended to take place withing an organization.
  • Budgeting: Experience planning how the financial resources of a business or department are to be allocated during the next business period.
  • Supply Chain Management: In commerce, supply chain management (SCM), the management of the flow of goods and services, involves the movement and storage of raw materials, of work-in-process inventory, and of finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Logistics Manager that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Integrated Logistics: System-wide management of entire logistics chain as a single entity, instead of separate management of individual logistical functions.
  • Transportation Management Systems: Transportation Systems Management is a set of techniques used to increase the capacity of a piece of transportation infrastructure without increasing its physical size.
  • Warehouse Operations: Working experience determining product handling and storage requirements; developing, implementing, enforcing, and evaluating policies and procedures; developing processes for receiving product, equipment utilization, inventory management, and shipping.
  • Logistics Processes: Working experience developing or executing Logistics Processes, which are the detailed organizations of complex operations.
  • Transportation Management: Working experience of Transportation Management. A transportation management system (TMS) is a subset of supply chain management concerning transportation operations and may be part of an enterprise resource planning system.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years25%
3 to 5 years48%
6 to 8 years14%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Logistics Manager
  • Logistics Management Specialist
  • Customer Logistics Manager
  • Logistics Operations Manager
  • Senior Logistics Manager

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