Career

Business Management and Operations

 

Logistics Director

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Directs and oversees logistics operations. Works to ensure timely delivery of products or materials. Directs and manages transportation, scheduling, distribution, delivery and other aspects of logistics operations.

Job Outlook

There were 15 Logistics Director job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 815 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Supply Chain / Logistics Manager industry, which includes the Logistics Director career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Logistics Director jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $100,724.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $111,542.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Logistics Director postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $85,651.

Education and Experience

Posted Logistics Director jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree2%
Bachelor's Degree56%
Master's Degree33%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other9%

Posted Logistics Director jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years5%
3 to 5 years28%
6 to 8 years17%
9+ years49%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Logistics Director positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (52%)
  • Planning (44%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (37%)
  • Problem Solving (30%)
  • Building Effective Relationships (29%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Logistics (100%)
  • Budgeting (41%)
  • Supply Chain Management (35%)
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) (35%)
  • Supply Chain Knowledge (31%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) (18%)
  • Scheduling (18%)
  • Procurement (16%)
  • Operations Management (16%)
  • Cost Control (15%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • International Logistics (7%)
  • Freight Transportation (6%)
  • Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Programs (6%)
  • Outbound Logistics (5%)
  • Warehouse Management Systems (5%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Distribution Strategies (2%) – marginal value $5,726
  • Carrier Relationship Management (2%) – marginal value $4,916
  • Transportation Strategy (3%) – marginal value $3,747
  • Distribution Center Operations (3%) – marginal value $3,439
  • Strategic Sourcing (2%) – marginal value $3,216

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Logistics Director skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Director Of Logistics
  • Director, Logistics
  • Director Customer Logistics
  • Director Logistics

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Logistics Director jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Ryder System Incorporated (56)
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (23)
  • Bob's Discount Furniture (11)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (10)
  • Honeywell (9)

North Carolina

  • Honeywell (3)
  • Centric Brands (1)
  • Circle Graphics (1)
  • Flexe (1)
  • Greenworks Tools (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!