The acquisition and delivery of products and raw materials would be highly chaotic without logistics planners, as they help to reduce shipping times through the distribution channels that they know so well. If you are highly organized, can think on your feet and have communication skills, you can earn an above-average salary in this field. But, you must earn a bachelor's degree in business or engineering to qualify as a logistics planner.
Average Salary and Benefits
Logistics planners earned average salaries of $74,860 per year in May 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If your earnings were among the top 10 percent in your field, you would make over $110,720 annually. As a logistics planner, your income is largely contingent upon experience, where you live, and the size and salary budget of your employer. If you work full time, expect to earn benefits such as medical insurance, paid holidays and vacations and a retirement plan.
Salary by Industry
A logistics planner's salary can vary significantly by industry. These professionals earned the highest salaries of $92,780 per year -- as of May 2011 -- working for companies that support mining activities, according to the BLS. As a logistics planner, working for a petroleum and coal manufacturer or oil and gas extractor would earn you $92,750 and $90,480 per year, respectively. Your salary would be closer to average in the aerospace products and parts manufacturing industry at $75,880 annually. And, expect to make $70,240 if you work in the consulting industry.
Salary by Geography
Logistics planners earned the highest annual incomes in the District of Columbia at $95,860 as of May 2011, according to the BLS. They also earned relatively high incomes of $84,800 and $82,950, respectively, in Maryland and Delaware. If you worked in Texas as a logistics planner, you would make $76,870 per year. And your annual salary would be somewhat lower in Oklahoma -- $69,280 annually.
Jobs for logistics planners are expected to increase 26 percent between 2010 and 2020, according to the BLS, which is faster than the 14 percent average growth predicted for all U.S. occupations. In this career, your job opportunities will largely be spurred by the growing demand for getting goods to retailers and distribution centers on time. Your skills are needed to help maximize distribution efficiencies of companies and government agencies in a highly competitive marketplace.
2018 Salary Information for Logisticians
Logisticians earned a median annual salary of $74,600 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, logisticians earned a 10th percentile salary of $57,520, meaning 90 percent earned more than this amount. The 90th percentile salary is $94,980, meaning 10 percent earn more. In 2018, 174,900 people were employed in the U.S. as logisticians.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: What Logisticians Do
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment Statistics: Logisticians
- MyMajors: What Logisticians Planners Do
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- Glassdoor: Logistics Planner Job Description: NStAR Global Services
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Logisticians
- Career Trend: Logisticians
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