What can I earn working in logistics?

The logistics industry offers a wide range of career opportunities in as many varied working environments as you can imagine.

From aviation to trucking, from grocery businesses to whitegoods manufacturing, the logistics industry plays an active role. All kinds of businesses depend on logistics and the supply chain simply to function effectively.

It is estimated transport, logistics and supply chain contributes about five per cent to Australia’s gross domestic product. That’s just under $80 billion per year.

The industry employs more than 474,000 people and is predicted to increase by 4.5 per cent through to 2022. Continuing growth is forecast. With the growth of eCommerce in Australia, transport and logistics is more important than ever. Jobs range from local warehousing clerks to national logistics managers.

Logistics also offers the potential to work anywhere in Australia,both in cities and in regional areas. For those who like the challenge of problem-solving and the satisfaction of delivering the goods, logistics offers a world of possibilities.

So what can you earn?
Supply, distribution and procurement managers earn an average annual salary of $97,113
Purchasing and supply logistics officers earn an average annual salary of $59,800
Transport and despatch officers earn an average annual salary of $65,862

What skills will you need?
You’ll need good organisational capabilities and a strong ability to solve problems.
Critical thinking is also an asset. The essence of logistics is getting a product from the supplier to the customer in the most efficient way possible. The challenge is doing it in a timely and efficient manner. The better you can identify and fix weaknesses from one end to the other, the better you’ll do in a logistics role.

Where to start?
Entry-level positions might include managing product inventory at one end of the supply chain, to delivering customer service management at the other. However, you can also start in the industry (without a qualification) in a role such as a van driver or distribution clerk and work your way up with some additional education to bolster your opportunities.

The next step in your career path may be a supervisor role or a project manager. In larger organisations, you could end up as a national logistics manager.

  • Managerial roles can include:
  • Logistics manager
  • Supply chain manager
  • Transportation manager
  • Logistics engineer
  • Entry and mid-level roles can include:
  • Storeperson
  • Logistics administrator
  • Picking and packing
  • Warehouse supervisor

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Sources:
Payscale, 2020
Labour Market Information Portal, 2020
Australian National Accounts: National Income, Expenditure and Product, 2019
Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Quarterly, 2019
The Transport and Logistics IRC Skills Forecast, 2019