While two key areas for logistics specialists are warehousing and transportation, according to Education-Portal, they may find work in most industries, assisting organizations with coordinating all logistical functions. The amount of money a logistics specialist gets paid depends upon his level of experience and which industry he works in.
Salaries for logistics specialists ranged from less than $43,530 a year to over $108,080 as of 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median salary was $70,800 a year, while the average salary was $73,510.
Logistics specialists work for both public and private organizations. As of 2010, the federal executive branch employed the highest level of logistics specialists and offered an average salary of $80,460 annually, while those working for the management of companies and enterprises earned an average of $71,010. Logistics specialists working in consulting services for management earned an average of $66,850 a year, while those in the industries of aerospace product and parts manufacturing or computer systems design earned averages of $73,380 and $77,520 respectively.
The highest level of employment of logistics specialists was found in the state of California as of 2010, where earnings averaged at $79,260 annually. Washington claimed the highest concentration of jobs of all states and offered a salary average of $81,670 for specialists. The District of Columbia was the highest-paying state for this occupation with a salary average of $91,690 a year, while Bellingham, Washington was the highest-paying metropolitan area at $96,740 and St. Mary’s County, Maryland was the highest paying nonmetropolitan area at $95,950 a year.
Because logistics specialists are required to maintain relationships with customers and personnel involved in logistical activity, they must have strong communication skills. Specialists should also be skilled in critical thinking, complex problem solving, time management and decision-making. Logistics specialists may find entry-level work with an associate’s degree, although a bachelor’s or master’s degree is usually required to pursue a managerial or administrative position. Logistics specialists with a doctoral degree are also qualified to take on research and teaching positions.