Logisticians made a median salary of $77,030 in 2021. The best-paid 25% made $98,680 that year, while the lowest-paid 25% made $59,740.
Average Logistician Pay vs. Other Best Jobs Logisticians earned an average salary of $79,230 in 2023. Comparable jobs earned the following average salary in 2023: Financial Analysts made $106,340, Management Analysts made $100,530, Operations Research Analysts made $95,830, and Market Research Analysts made $76,080.
Jobs in logistics and supply chain management are growing. U.S. News & World Report ranked careers in logistics number 17 on their Best Business Jobs list. A lot of factors make jobs in logistics exciting prospects, including a good median salary, low unemployment rates and numerous job openings.
There are several career paths you can pursue within logistics and supply chain management. Logistics specialists work in a variety of industries, including retail, healthcare, education, hospitality, entertainment, government, mining and tourism.
Logisticians, or logistics operations managers, oversee supply chain processes. In other words, they manage a distribution facility and ensure everything is running smoothly. They make sure the correct products leave the distribution warehouse at the scheduled time and in the right quantities. They confirm that everything is shipped to the right destination. They also make sure all products are stored correctly and safely in the distribution facility. Logisticians work with lots of different people in the supply chain, from transportation companies to sales managers. If problems arise with customers, suppliers, transportation managers or co-workers, logistics operations managers help come up with solutions. They make sure employees feel empowered to work effectively as a team.
Logistics managers can work in many departments, including manufacturing, purchasing and warehousing. They ensure their business is meeting safety and environmental regulation standards.
In other words, if the distribution center were a movie, the logistics manager would be the director. Logistics operations managers may also be called industrial production managers or transportation, storage and distribution managers, depending on the industry.