MHM 2007 Salary Survey: Pay Comparisons By Job Title, Industry, Age, Experience, Etc. (Tables)

See how your salary compares to the industry median, upper and lower quartile and average.

Why Focus on Medians

When it comes to knowing what fair levels of compensation are, medians are a better indication of central tendency than the arithmetic mean, or average. With an abnormal distribution-the pay data of material handling and inventory managers that we collected has a long tail at the upper end of the scale-the mean will be skewed in one direction. Because of this upwardly skewed distribution, the median pay level-­the central data point-is a better representation of typical pay levels in the industry or region than the mean.

Use the range between the upper and lower quartiles in the tables in this article for a better understanding of the standard pay range by age, job title, experience and company size. If you think that you're a top performer-and can back up your claims with hard examples of recent achievements-the 90th percentile might be a good target the next time that salary negotiations roll around.

Direct compensation by job title/function

25th Percentile

Median

75th Percentile

90th Percentile

Mean

Corporate Management (CEO/COO/Pres/CFO)

$80,000

$120,000

$170,000

$250,000

$139,788

Senior/Exec VP

$100,000

$124,000

$170,000

$200,000

$135,391

Operations Manager

$60,000

$72,000

$92,000

$112,000

$76,676

Plant/Manufacturing Manager

$55,000

$69,000

$88,500

$113,200

$73,352

DC/Warehouse/Facility Manager

$49,000

$65,000

$81,325

$98,950

$67,713

Transportation/Fleet/Traffic Manager

$45,000

$56,000

$72,000

$91,100

$60,686

Supply Chain Manager

$61,500

$80,000

$91,500

$105,400

$77,644

Procurement/Purchasing Manager

$48,150

$60,000

$73,000

$110,000

$68,422

Inventory/Materials Manager

$47,875

$58,250

$72,000

$87,100

$60,963

Information Technology Manager

$51,000

$68,000

$96,500

$101,800

$72,967

Consultant

$69,875

$92,000

$105,000

$147,000

$91,063

Other

$47,250

$64,000

$87,500

$112,800

$72,071

*North American responses only; total=1,386.

Direct compensation by industry

25th Percentile

Median

75th Percentile

90th Percentile

Mean

Aerospace

$57,000

$73,000

$100,000

$121,000

$77,922

Apparel

$50,000

$77,000

$97,000

$140,080

$79,593

Automotive

$48,000

$65,000

$82,500

$102,900

$68,423

Chemicals/Petroleum

$53,500

$74,000

$87,200

$110,000

$77,177

Computer Equipment & Peripherals

$54,000

$70,000

$92,000

$114,200

$74,594

Consumer Goods

$58,000

$75,000

$100,000

$132,000

$86,794

Construction/Building Materials

$50,000

$61,500

$85,750

$114,400

$71,507

Electronics/High-Tech/Telecom Equipment

$40,539

$69,300

$83,025

$96,950

$65,655

Food & Beverage

$60,000

$72,000

$100,000

$125,000

$80,814

Furniture

$42,000

$46,250

$60,750

$162,000

$59,950

Government

$49,625

$65,000

$77,750

$95,100

$65,033

Industrial Products/Machinery/Metals/Plastics

$51,000

$68,700

$90,000

$123,780

$78,465

Pharamaceuticals/Healthcare

$53,845

$70,000

$83,750

$92,300

$69,497

Paper/Printing/Publishing

$50,000

$63,500

$80,000

$102,100

$69,144

Retail

$59,365

$79,750

$110,000

$168,000

$91,390

Third-Party Logistics Provider

$53,000

$69,500

$104,750

$137,600

$80,065

Transportation Services

$55,000

$72,000

$100,544

$160,000

$88,057

Utilities/Energy

$74,750

$105,000

$118,500

$192,000

$103,000

Wholesale Distribution

$50,000

$67,000

$90,000

$121,800

$78,852

Other

$50,000

$66,000

$91,000

$135,640

$80,216

*North American responses only; total=1,386.

Direct compensation by sex

25th Percentile

Median

75th Percentile

90th Percentile

Mean

Male

$53,000

$70,000

$95,000

$125,000

$80,307

Female

$41,000

$52,000

$70,000

$86,240

$57,903

*North American responses only; total=1,386

Direct compensation by age

25th Percentile

Median

75th Percentile

90th Percentile

Mean

20-30 years

$38,500

$50,000

$58,500

$92,000

$64,992

31-40 years

$50,000

$64,000

$85,000

$110,200

$69,518

41-50 years

$52,000

$68,000

$90,000

$120,000

$77,214

51-60 years

$54,000

$73,000

$96,000

$124,600

$82,636

61 years or more

$60,500

$88,000

$110,000

$154,000

$94,168

*North American responses only; total=1,313

Direct compensation by experience (yrs.)

25th Percentile

Median

75th Percentile

90th Percentile

Mean

0-5 years

$40,000

$54,000

$70,000

$90,600

$61,443

6-10 years

$45,000

$60,000

$78,000

$101,000

$66,143

11-15 years

$50,200

$66,000

$85,000

$111,000

$72,809

16-20 years

$53,000

$71,500

$95,250

$125,000

$79,766

21-25 years

$56,000

$73,000

$100,000

$135,000

$83,281

26 or more years

$60,000

$78,000

$102,000

$145,600

$90,014

*North American responses only; total=1,377

Direct compensation by seniority (yrs.)

25th Percentile

Median

75th Percentile

90th Percentile

Mean

0-5 years

$48,000

$65,000

$85,000

$120,000

$72,717

6-10 years

$50,250

$70,000

$94,000

$120,000

$77,959

11-15 years

$51,000

$68,000

$90,000

$125,100

$77,002

16-20 years

$50,000

$67,500

$90,000

$125,400

$79,947

21-25 years

$53,000

$68,000

$96,500

$125,360

$80,436

26 or more years

$60,000

$76,000

$95,000

$117,600

$85,184

*North American responses only; total=1,377

Direct compensation by education

25th Percentile

Median

75th Percentile

90th Percentile

Mean

High school

$43,000

$53,000

$69,500

$88,000

$60,959

Some college

$48,000

$60,000

$75,000

$100,000

$65,213

4-year undergraduate degree

$61,866

$80,000

$100,000

$140,000

$91,214

Some graduate study

$62,590

$83,000

$101,000

$128,840

$87,609

Graduate degree

$71,750

$93,500

$119,250

$155,000

$100,564

Note: North American responses only; total=1,375.

Direct compensation by most recent promotion

25th Percentile

Median

75th Percentile

90th Percentile

Mean

Within the past 12 months

$50,000

$68,000

$88,500

$116,445

$72,407

Within the past 1-2 years

$55,000

$72,000

$100,000

$129,730

$82,831

Within the past 3-5 years

$52,000

$70,000

$93,000

$120,000

$78,118

More than 5 years ago

$50,500

$65,000

$88,500

$120,000

$78,606

*North American responses only; total=1,362

Direct compensation by geographic region

25th Percentile

Median

75th Percentile

90th Percentile

Mean

New England

$53,500

$70,000

$86,875

$126,500

$79,021

Middle Atlantic

$52,000

$72,000

$95,000

$127,000

$85,536

South Atlantic

$51,250

$67,485

$90,000

$121,050

$78,664

North Central

$50,000

$65,000

$88,000

$110,000

$72,086

South Central

$49,250

$70,000

$98,000

$125,200

$78,136

Mountain

$50,000

$72,000

$97,250

$120,000

$80,868

Pacific

$57,250

$72,000

$96,000

$139,000

$82,117

Canada

$51,500

$70,000

$100,000

$166,000

$90,322

Mexico

$37,500

$53,500

$89,000

.

$60,000

*North American responses only; total=1,386

Direct compensation by receiving a bonus

25th Percentile

Median

75th Percentile

90th Percentile

Mean

Yes

$55,000

$72,750

$97,000

$128,110

$83,165

No

$48,000

$60,000

$80,000

$103,100

$69,062

*North American responses only; total=1,386

Direct compensation by last year's bonus amount

25th Percentile

Median

75th Percentile

90th Percentile

Mean

Corporate Management (CEO/COO/Pres/CFO)

$10,000

$30,000

$100,000

$200,000

$89,660

Senior/Exec VP

$10,500

$25,000

$55,000

$102,000

$44,336

Operations Manager

$5,000

$10,000

$18,000

$34,400

$16,454

Plant/Manufacturing Manager

$2,625

$6,750

$13,750

$33,660

$13,959

DC/Warehouse/Facility Manager

$2,000

$6,000

$11,750

$21,650

$9,275

Transportation/Fleet/Traffic Manager

$1,500

$4,400

$10,000

$19,600

$7,144

Supply Chain Manager

$4,000

$6,500

$11,500

$20,350

$9,091

Procurement/Purchasing Manager

$2,100

$5,000

$9,500

$14,400

$8,408

Inventory/Materials Manager

$1,463

$2,500

$6,125

$12,300

$4,866

Information Technology Manager

$1,906

$6,000

$10,875

$25,800

$8,113

Consultant

$5,000

$7,000

$24,500

$62,000

$16,238

Other

$2,000

$5,500

$11,000

$22,000

$10,212

*North American responses only; total=864.

Most recent bonus as a % of direct compensation

25th Percentile

Median

75th Percentile

90th Percentile

Mean

Corporate Management (CEO/COO/Pres/CFO)

9%

30%

51%

104%

46%

Senior/Exec VP

12%

19%

35%

67%

31%

Operations Manager

7%

12%

20%

34%

20%

Plant/Manufacturing Manager

5%

10%

20%

34%

16%

DC/Warehouse/Facility Manager

4%

9%

16%

24%

15%

Transportation/Fleet/Traffic Manager

3%

8%

14%

20%

10%

Supply Chain Manager

6%

8%

12%

24%

11%

Procurement/Purchasing Manager

4%

8%

13%

18%

9%

Inventory/Materials Manager

3%

5%

9%

17%

7%

Information Technology Manager

4%

8%

14%

26%

10%

Consultant

6%

8%

26%

61%

22%

Other

3%

7%

15%

24%

12%

*North American responses only; total=863.

Direct compensation by amount of last year's raise

25th Percentile

Median

75th Percentile

90th Percentile

Mean

No Raise

$45,000

$64,500

$89,750

$125,000

$74,483

0-3% Increase

$51,000

$66,970

$88,000

$110,000

$73,612

4-6% Increase

$55,750

$73,000

$97,000

$125,000

$84,128

7-10% Increase

$52,000

$75,000

$115,000

$134,400

$85,446

Greater than 10% Increase

$53,890

$79,000

$125,000

$180,500

$104,941

*North American responses only; total=1,378

Direct compensation by corporate annual revenue

25th Percentile

Median

75th Percentile

90th Percentile

Mean

Less than $50 million

$45,000

$59,500

$83,750

$120,000

$70,867

$50 million-$100 million

$49,063

$64,000

$85,000

$117,200

$73,267

$101 million-$500 million

$59,000

$70,750

$90,000

$116,400

$81,228

$501 million-$1 billion

$57,460

$78,000

$96,000

$132,600

$87,261

$1 billion or more

$68,000

$82,250

$102,750

$126,230

$89,290

*North American responses only; total=1,359

Direct compensation by full-time people managed directly

25th Percentile

Median

75th Percentile

90th Percentile

Mean

0

$45,000

$60,000

$83,200

$100,800

$69,168

1 to 5

$47,000

$65,000

$90,000

$119,000

$72,476

6 to 10

$52,625

$72,000

$103,750

$140,000

$86,112

11 to 25

$52,000

$67,235

$86,500

$116,600

$78,277

More than 25

$60,000

$75,000

$95,000

$129,370

$84,094

*North American responses only; total=1,370

Direct compensation by career satisfaction

25th Percentile

Median

75th Percentile

90th Percentile

Mean

Very satisfied

$61,000

$80,000

$105,000

$149,900

$91,889

Satisfied

$51,750

$70,000

$90,000

$120,000

$75,820

Neither satisfied nor unsatisfied

$48,000

$61,000

$79,250

$100,000

$70,243

Unsatisfied

$46,550

$60,000

$78,500

$100,800

$66,439

Very unsatisfied

$44,500

$62,000

$79,125

$523,000

$117,274

*North American responses only; total=1,342

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