What does a Transportation Manager Leader do?

Transportation managers ensure shipments into or out of the organization or company where they work are quick, within budget, and safely handled. They oversee the transfer of equipment or personnel as operated by the organization. They are responsible for the development of department policies and procedures, and for personnel activities and schedules, and they oversee shipment coordination and routing.

Transportation managers might sometimes need to coordinate with outside service providers including messenger services, freight shippers, and transporters. They prepare the department’s budgets and schedules and ensure company shipping and safety procedures and protocols continue to run smoothly. They also ensure that all shipping documents are correctly prepared and filled out, and they research and correct problems that arrive throughout the work day. Transportation managers develop hands-on fluency with current laws about shipping and hauling, including the transportation of hazardous materials, freight classification, and the safety of employees. They also direct teams about the maintenance and repair or replacement of shipping fleets and equipment, and the scheduling of daily routines. Transportation managers need a bachelor’s degree in supply chain management or logistics.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years


Average Base Pay

$49,365 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $49K
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Transportation Manager Leader Career Path

Learn how to become a Transportation Manager Leader, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Transportation Manager Leader Insights

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Proficient Auto TransportProficient Auto Transport
Jan 13, 2020

“Everyday is a chance for me to grow in my career and I have our caring managers and high”

Equitrans MidstreamEquitrans Midstream
Transportation Intern
Oct 30, 2019

“It was an amazing opportunity working with the people there and learning the specifics about the energy industry”

Transportation Intern
May 14, 2020

“A very well functioning team that is willing to teach you about the job and projects.”

Fehr & PeersFehr & Peers
Transportation Planning Intern
Mar 31, 2021

“I felt comfortable asking questions and got to work on a wide variety of projects during my internship.”

Nov 12, 2021

“The freedom is nice but you don't even want to know how much they take from you.”

Terminal Manager
Sep 10, 2019

“No one here is perfect some days are good some days not so much but if every day was perfect it wouldn't be called work.”

Proficient Auto TransportProficient Auto Transport
Auto Transportation
Jan 3, 2020

“Proficient Auto Transport opened so many doors of opportunity for me to learn about the ins and outs of the industry.”

Transportation Manager
Aug 30, 2021

“Prepare to work 12 plus hours a day including Saturday and Sunday as a work/life balance is non existent.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a leader transportation manager

When working as a leader transportation manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, AICP, ERP, Written Communication, and MS Office.

The most similar professions to leader transportation manager are:
  • Logistics Manager
  • Logistics Analyst
  • Logistics Coordinator
  • Logistics Associate

The most common qualifications to become a leader transportation manager include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.