METHODOLOGY

The 2007 Logistics Today Salary Survey was conducted in January 2007 over the Internet via e-mailed invitations to 40,539 subscribers. A total of 2,551 people responded (for a response rate of 6.3%), of that number 2,275 completed the entire survey. Because of the relatively high number of respondents, we can report the data and split it in multiple ways with a high level of statistical confidence. There was no monetary incentive but participants were offered an early preview of the survey results. All responses were anonymous. The responses below include all respondents, including those from the United States, Mexico, Canada, and elsewhere ; n equals the total number of valid responses for each question.

Why Focus on Medians

When participants in the Logistics Today 2007 Salary Survey were asked to share their thoughts on logistics as a career choice, many wrote that while they were satisfied with their jobs, they felt that they were paid below the industry average for their experience and level of responsibility. This sentiment may reflect a poor understanding of what market pay rates actually are.

When it comes to knowing what fair levels of compensation are, medians are a better indication of central tendency than the arithmetic mean, or average. With an abnormal distribution--the pay data of logistics professionals that we collected has a long tail at the upper end of the scale--the mean will be skewed in one direction. Because of this upwardly skewed distribution the median pay level, the central data point, is a better representation of typical pay levels in the industry than the mean.

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JOB TITLE/FUNCTION (n=2,487)

Total Respondents, %

Logistics/Transportation/Distribution Manager

27.3

Traffic Manager

9.9

VP/General Manager

8.9

Operations Manager

8.1

Warehouse Manager

7.4

Purchasing/Procurement Manager

5.2

Supply Chain Manager

5.0

Analyst Planner

4.8

Global Trade/Customs/Import/Export

4.2

Fleet Manager

3.8

Corporate Management (CEO, COO, Pres., CFO)

3.8

Customer Service

3.6

Consultant

3.3

Manufacturing/Production/Materials Manager

2.8

Information Systems Manager

1.4


INDUSTRY (n=2453)

Total Respondents, %

Transportation Services

11.6

Third-Party Logistics Provider

10.7

Industrial Products/Machinery/Metals/Plastics

9.1

Wholesale Distribution

7.6

Food & Beverage

7.0

Consumer Goods

5.5

Electronics/Hight-Tech/Telecom Equipment

5.4

Retail

5.2

Chemicals/Petroleum

5.1

Pharmaceuticals/Healthcare

4.2

Automotive

3.7

Paper/Printing/Publishing

3.5

Construction/Building Materials

3.4

Government

2.5

Apparel

1.6

Aerospace

1.5

Computer Equipment & Peripherals

1.3

Furniture

1.3

Utilities/Energy

0.9

Other

8.7


SEX (n = 2,438)

Total Respondents, %

Male

79.3

Female

20.7

AGE (n = 2,415 )

Total Respondents, %

Total Respondents, yrs.

20-30

8.1

Mean

45

31-40

25.6

25th Percentile

38

41-50

36.4

Median

45

51-60

25.6

75th Percentile

52

61 or more

4.3

90th Percentile

57


EDUCATION (n = 2,391)

Highest level of education

Total Respondents, %

High School

10.7

Some College

31.9

4-year Undergraduate Degree

28.5

Some Graduate Study

8.1

Graduate Degree

20.8

LOGISTICS EXPERIENCE (n = 2,372)

Total Respondents, %

Total Respondents, yrs.

0-5 years

14.5

Mean

17.0

6-10 years

19.0

25th Percentile

9.0

11-15 years

18.3

Median

15.0

16-20 years

17.4

75th Percentile

24.0

21-25 years

12.2

90th Percentile

30.0

26 or more years

18.5

YEARS AT CURRENT COMPANY (n=2,389)

Total Respondents, %

Total Respondents, yrs.

0-5 years

37.1

Mean

10.5

6-10 years

25.0

25th Percentile

3.0

11-15 years

13.1

Median

8.0

16-20 years

10.2

75th Percentile

15.0

21-25 years

6.1

90th Percentile

25.0

26 or more years

8.5

REGION (n=2,398)

Total Respondents, %

New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)

5.2

Middle Atlantic (NJ, NY, PA)

13.7

South Atlantic (DC, DE, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)

14.7

North Central (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH,SD,WI)

28.3

South Central (AL, AR, KY, LA, MS, OK, TN, TX)

13.5

Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY)

3.8

Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)

10.4

Canada

2.1

Mexico

0.5

Other

7.7

COMPANY SIZE (n=2,534)

Total Respondents, %

Less than $50 million

27.4

$50 million-$100 million

14.4

$100 million-$500 million

18.7

$500 million-$1 billion

10.4

$1 billion or more

29.1

NUMBER OF PEOPLE MANAGED (n=2,256)

Total Respondents, %

0

19.2

1-10

48.1

11-25

15.8

26-50

7.6

More than 50

9.3

DIRECT COMPENSATION (n=2,092)

Total Respondents, %

Total Respondents, $

$40,000 or less

12.1

Mean

$77,872

$40,001-$60,000

29.1

25th Percentile

$50,000

$60,001-$80,000

26.0

Median

$67,800

$80,001-$100,000

15.5

75th Percentile

$90,000

$100,001-$120,000

6.7

90th Percentile

$124,000

More than $120,000

10.6

RECEIVED BONUS LAST YEAR (n=1,950)

Total Respondents, %

No

24.7

Yes

75.3

ANNUAL BONUS AMOUNT (n=1,950)

Total Respondents, %

Total Respondents, $

$1,000 or less

9.2

Mean

$9,773

$1,001-$5,000

28.5

25th Percentile

$0

$5,001-$10,000

12.9

Median

$3,000

$10,001-$25,000

16.4

75th Percentile

$10,000

More than $25,000

8.3

90th Percentile

$25,000

$0

24.7

LOGISTICS CAREER SATISFACTION (n=2,242)

Total Respondents, %

Very satisfied

30.4

Satisfied

48.7

Neither satisfied or unsatisfied

15.8

Unsatisfied

4.1

Very unsatisfied

1.0

LOGISTICS JOB PRIORITIES (n=2,235)

Total Respondents, %

Job Stability

50.6%

Base Salary

48.9%

Recognition of Importance to Company

36.0%

Career Advancement Opportunities

34.5%

Benefits

34.2%

Company's Recognition of the Importance of Logistics

23.4%

Relationships with Co-Workers

22.6%

Flexible Schedule

19.3%

Continuing Education/Training

12.7%

Vacation Time

11.7%

Note: The sum of percentages exceeds 100% because of multiple responses.

Source: Logistics Today 2007 Salary Survey.