Expediters work in various industries, monitoring upcoming deliveries of items the company has purchased. They contact vendors and shippers to confirm shipping dates of merchandise, supplies and equipment to make sure these items arrive by a certain time. An expediter generally receives relatively high pay for a job that typically only requires a high school diploma.
The average pay rate for an expediter as of May 2009 was $20.80 per hour, or $43,260 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The middle 50 percent of expediters on the earnings scale were making $31,970 to $52,850 per year. The bottom 10 percent had annual salaries of $25,500 and below, and the top 10 percent $64,250 and above.
Types of Employment
Expediters work in many types of employment settings. A large number work in aerospace products and parts manufacturing, earning an average annual salary of $50,210 in 2009. Others work for the U.S. Postal Service, at an average salary of $53,080, and for the executive branch of the federal government, at an average of $58,250 per year. Expediters working for wired telecommunications carriers had an average annual salary of $47,080, and for hospitals $36,620. A smaller number of expediters are employed at waste treatment, disposal, remediation and other waste management companies, earning about $58,000 per year as of 2009. Expediters working in metal ore mining and in certain types of pipeline transportation earn the highest salaries on average, at about $63,000 per year, but these industries employ only a small number of expediters.
Some East Coast states are the highest-paying locations for expediters. Massachusetts ranked at the top in 2009, with expediters there earning $48,920 per year on average. The average salary for this occupation in Maryland was $48,340, and in Connecticut $47,700. Expediters in the District of Columbia were earning $47,430 per year on average. On the West Coast, California was another high-paying state, with expediters there earning $47,690 per year on average. The highest-paying metropolitan region in the country for these workers was the Bremerton-Silverdale area of Washington, with an average salary of $75,810 per year.
Employment in this occupation is likely to experience little to no growth until at least 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As employment in manufacturing declines, so does the need for expediters. Some jobs will be created, however, because companies increasingly emphasize the specific timing of incoming deliveries.