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Storage and Transportation Managers

At a Glance

  • Transportation managers work for airlines, trucking companies, and railroads
  • Storage managers coordinate the activities in warehouses
  • Have a mix of administrative duties
  • Usually work more than 40 hours a week
  • Have many years of related work experience

Career summary

Storage and transportation managers direct the pickup, transport, and storage of goods.

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Storage and transportation managers move goods around the world. They work for shipping organizations such as:

Storage managers

Storage managers coordinate the activities in warehouses. They oversee workers who receive, store, and ship products. They negotiate contracts with shippers in other areas of the country.

Transportation managers

Transportation managers decide which routes their company will cover. They select routes based on different factors such as customer needs and fuel costs. Transportation managers supervise workers who dispatch, route, and track vehicles.

Transportation companies may need approval from government commissions before making route changes. Managers represent their companies at hearings or meetings with these commissions.

Storage and transportation managers interview, select, and train staff. They determine how many employees are needed and supervise their work. They make sure their company follows union rules. Managers work with unions to negotiate contracts or solve complaints.

Storage and transportation managers maintain their buildings, equipment, and vehicles. They inspect vehicles and buildings to make sure they are safe. When needed, they order repairs and purchase new equipment. They may also develop plans for security and warehouse expansions.

Managers have a mix of administrative duties. They:

Related careers

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics cluster of careers.

Related careers include:

Military careers

Job duties

Task list

The following list of tasks is specific to storage and transportation managers.

Common work activities

Storage and transportation managers perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, storage and transportation managers:

Interpersonal relationships

Physical work conditions

Work performance


Physical demands

Storage and transportation managers frequently:

It is important for storage and transportation managers to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for storage and transportation managers to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Storage and transportation managers need to:


Reason and problem solve

Use math and science

Manage oneself, people, time, and things

Work with people

Education and training

Educational programs

The programs of study listed below will help you prepare for the occupation or career cluster you are exploring.

Programs of study directly related to this occupation

Other programs of study to consider


To work as a storage or transportation manager, you typically need to:

Education after high school

Some storage and transportation managers prepare for this field by earning a bachelor's degree. Some universities offer bachelor's degrees or master's degrees in logistics, transportation, or supply chain management. Other programs of study to prepare for this field include business administration, accounting, or economics. Most schools offer these degree programs.

Work experience

Most storage or transportation managers begin in entry-level positions, with only a high school diploma or equivalent. They gain experience by working their way up through the ranks. Many storage and transportation managers have more than five years of experience.

On-the-job training

You should consider participating in an internship while in college. An internship is usually part of a four-year degree program. It offers you a chance to apply what you have learned in the classroom to a work situation. It also allows you to build skills and make contacts with people in the field.

Military training

Some branches of the military train people to be transportation managers. You need a bachelor' degree to enter this military occupation. Training lasts eight to 12 weeks, depending on your specialty. Additional training occurs on the job.

Helpful high school courses

In high school, take classes that prepare you for college. A college preparatory curriculum may be different from your state's graduation requirements.

You should also consider taking some advanced courses in high school. This includes Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses if they are available in your school. If you do well in these courses, you may receive college credit for them. Advanced courses can also strengthen your college application.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this career include:

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Here are examples of activities and groups that may be available in your high school or community.

Things to know

Most employers require managers have many years of related work experience. Some employers require managers to have at least a bachelor's degree. They prefer to hire applicants who have a degree in logistics, business, or marketing. They also hire applicants who have a degree in industrial relations, accounting, or economics.

Employers look for applicants who communicate well with staff and customers. They also look for people who can solve problems. Storage and transportation managers must be able to look at a lot of information and decide what is most important.

Costs to workers

Some workers may wish to join a professional association, which may have annual dues.

Job listings

Listed below are links to job categories from the National Labor Exchange that relate to this career. Once you get a list of jobs, you can view information about individual jobs and find out how to apply. If your job search finds too many openings, or if you wish to search for jobs outside of Washington, you will need to refine your search.

To get a listing of current jobs from the WorkSource system, go to the WorkSource website (external link).


Transportation, storage, and distribution managers (SOC 11-3071)

Pay Period
Washington Hourly $32.77 $39.98 $52.18 $67.96 $82.43
Monthly $5,679 $6,929 $9,043 $11,777 $14,285
Yearly $68,160 $83,160 $108,530 $141,350 $171,450
    Bellingham Hourly $30.50 $42.15 $50.94 $79.22 (1)
Monthly $5,286 $7,305 $8,828 $13,729 (1)
Yearly $63,435 $87,671 $105,946 $164,758 (1)
    Clarkston-Lewiston Hourly $25.72 $27.83 $31.30 $38.64 $42.81
Monthly $4,457 $4,823 $5,424 $6,696 $7,419
Yearly $53,486 $57,892 $65,116 $80,381 $89,049
    Kennewick-Richland Hourly $32.97 $35.46 $40.40 $55.28 $69.67
Monthly $5,714 $6,145 $7,001 $9,580 $12,074
Yearly $68,568 $73,768 $84,027 $114,975 $144,923
    Longview Hourly (1) (1) (1) (1) (1)
Monthly (1) (1) (1) (1) (1)
Yearly (1) (1) (1) (1) (1)
    Mount Vernon-Anacortes Hourly $34.26 $39.05 $44.81 $49.55 $59.16
Monthly $5,937 $6,767 $7,766 $8,587 $10,252
Yearly $71,257 $81,234 $93,211 $103,067 $123,053
    Olympia-Tumwater Hourly $27.86 $35.02 $45.10 $59.88 $74.97
Monthly $4,828 $6,069 $7,816 $10,377 $12,992
Yearly $57,938 $72,832 $93,795 $124,536 $155,952
    Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Hourly $35.15 $43.77 $56.55 $72.33 $87.06
Monthly $6,091 $7,585 $9,800 $12,535 $15,087
Yearly $73,104 $91,041 $117,625 $150,449 $181,092
    Spokane-Spokane Valley Hourly $30.04 $36.18 $43.25 $55.19 $63.22
Monthly $5,206 $6,270 $7,495 $9,564 $10,956
Yearly $62,491 $75,241 $89,973 $114,794 $131,508
    Vancouver Hourly $25.50 $32.15 $43.20 $52.27 $68.73
Monthly $4,419 $5,572 $7,487 $9,058 $11,911
Yearly $53,046 $66,884 $89,860 $108,725 $142,943
    Yakima Hourly $29.33 $34.81 $41.84 $52.42 $65.37
Monthly $5,083 $6,033 $7,251 $9,084 $11,329
Yearly $61,004 $72,404 $87,020 $109,030 $135,969
United States Hourly $26.95 $34.78 $45.54 $59.40 $76.14
Monthly $4,670 $6,027 $7,892 $10,294 $13,195
Yearly $56,050 $72,340 $94,730 $123,550 $158,370

(1) Wage estimate is not available.

Pay varies by the worker's level of experience. New staff are paid less than experienced employees.

Storage and transportation managers who work full time usually receive benefits. Typical benefits include health insurance, paid vacation, and sick leave. Some also receive a retirement plan.

Employment and outlook

Washington outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this career in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers (SOC 11-3071)

Location Current employment Growth over 10 years Annual openings
Washington 2,376 19.2% 16.1% 288
    Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties 49 18.4% 13.4% 5
    Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman Counties 63 12.7% 8.6% 7
    Benton and Franklin Counties 106 17.0% 15.0% 11
    Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties 18 0.0% 11.9% 1
    Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties 93 9.7% 15.2% 9
    Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston Counties 54 16.7% 14.1% 6
    Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties 65 6.2% 14.6% 5
    King County 1,414 17.7% 19.6% 165
    Kittitas, Klickitat, Skamania, and Yakima Counties 42 9.5% 13.8% 4
    Pierce County 258 41.1% 15.2% 45
    Snohomish County 179 3.4% 12.4% 14
    Spokane County 92 9.8% 13.9% 9
United States 131,300 5.6% 5.2% 11,400

National employment

Storage and transportation manager jobs are found throughout the nation. However, many of these jobs are located in California, New Jersey, and Texas.

Major employers:

National outlook

Demand for this occupation will be about average. The use of computers to track the movement of freight will reduce the number of transportation managers needed. However, competition is strong in the storage and transportation of goods. Businesses are trying to reduce the amount of time they need to deliver materials. They are also trying to improve their customer service. 

The fastest growth for managers will be with courier services, such as UPS and FedEx. With more people buying items over the Internet, more drivers will be needed to deliver them. As a result, more supervisors will be needed to monitor delivery. Growth will also be good in the warehousing and storage industry.

Other resources

Airforwarders Association (external link)
529 - 14th Street NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20045
Airlines for America (external link)
1275 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 1300
Washington, DC 20004
Airports Council International-North America (external link)
1615 L Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (external link)
1800 M Street, NW Suite 900 North
Washington, DC 20036
American Trucking Associations (external link)
950 North Glebe Road, Suite 210
Arlington, VA 22203-4181
Association of American Railroads (external link)
425 Third Street SW
Washington, DC 20024
International Society of Logistics (external link)
14625 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 303
Laurel, MD 20707
International Warehouse Logistics Association (external link)
2800 South River Road, Suite 260
Des Plaines, IL 60018
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (external link)
1325 G Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005


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