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11-3071.01 – Transportation Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate the transportation operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that provide transportation services.

Sample of reported job titles:
Director of Operations, Fleet Manager, Freight Coordinator, Global Transportation Manager, Traffic Manager, Train Operations Manager, Trainmaster, Transportation Director, Transportation Manager, Transportation Supervisor

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  • Plan, organize, or manage the work of subordinate staff to ensure that the work is accomplished in a manner consistent with organizational requirements.
  • Direct activities related to dispatching, routing, or tracking transportation vehicles, such as aircraft or railroad cars.
  • Monitor operations to ensure that staff members comply with administrative policies and procedures, safety rules, union contracts, environmental policies, or government regulations. Green Task Statement
  • Serve as contact persons for all workers within assigned territories.
  • Implement schedule or policy changes for transportation services.
  • Monitor spending to ensure that expenses are consistent with approved budgets.
  • Promote safe work activities by conducting safety audits, attending company safety meetings, or meeting with individual staff members.
  • Prepare management recommendations, such as proposed fee and tariff increases or schedule changes.
  • Direct investigations to verify and resolve customer or shipper complaints.
  • Direct or coordinate the activities of operations department to obtain use of equipment, facilities, or human resources.
  • Analyze expenditures and other financial information to develop plans, policies, or budgets for increasing profits or improving services.
  • Collaborate with other managers or staff members to formulate and implement policies, procedures, goals, or objectives.
  • Plan or implement energy saving changes to transportation services, such as reducing routes, optimizing capacities, employing alternate modes of transportation, or minimizing idling. Green Task Statement
  • Direct staff performing repairs and maintenance to equipment, vehicles, or facilities.
  • Conduct employee training sessions on subjects such as hazardous material handling, employee orientation, quality improvement, or computer use.
  • Recommend or authorize capital expenditures for acquisition of new equipment or property to increase efficiency and services of operations department.
  • Conduct investigations in cooperation with government agencies to determine causes of transportation accidents, coordinate cleanup activities, or improve safety procedures.
  • Set operations policies and standards, including determining safety procedures for the handling of dangerous goods.
  • Develop criteria, application instructions, procedural manuals, or contracts for federal or state public transportation programs.
  • Develop or implement plans to improve transportation services control from regional to national or global load control center operations. Green Task Statement
  • Direct central load control centers to maximize efficiency and effectiveness of transportation services. Green Task Statement
  • Supervise clerks assigning tariff classifications or preparing billing.
  • Negotiate, authorize, or monitor fulfillment of contracts with equipment or materials suppliers.
  • Evaluate transportation vehicles or auxiliary equipment for purchase by considering factors, such as fuel economy or aerodynamics. Green Task Statement
  • Identify or select transportation and communications system technologies to reduce costs or environmental impacts. Green Task Statement
  • Provide administrative or technical assistance to those receiving

Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers

11-3071 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers

Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations. Includes logistics managers.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
132,040 0.9 % $49.67 $103,320 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $26.85 $34.64 $45.46 $59.84 $77.17
Annual Wage (2) $55,850 $72,050 $94,560 $124,460 $160,500

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided.
For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Warehousing and Storage 12,500 1.03 $46.63 $96,980
Truck Transportation 12,020 0.79 $44.18 $91,900
Management of Companies and Enterprises 10,060 0.41 $64.13 $133,390
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 6,620 0.33 $49.75 $103,490
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 5,650 0.10 $52.64 $109,490

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Freight Transportation Arrangement 5,050 2.15 $45.37 $94,370
Rail Transportation 3,600 1.54 $51.01 $106,090
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 550 1.43 $50.99 $106,060
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 570 1.24 $60.15 $125,110
Support Activities for Water Transportation 1,060 1.11 $55.05 $114,500

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided.
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States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 19,430 1.12 1.24 $51.43 $106,980
Texas 13,030 1.05 1.17 $49.83 $103,650
Illinois 9,310 1.54 1.72 $48.83 $101,560
Florida 5,890 0.67 0.74 $44.15 $91,830