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Working As A Logistics Coordinator

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $53,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Logistics Coordinator Do

Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They manage the entire life cycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered.

Duties

Logisticians typically do the following:

  • Manage the logistical aspects of a product’s life cycle from design to disposal
  • Direct the allocation of materials, supplies, and products
  • Develop business relationships with suppliers and clients
  • Understand clients’ needs and know how to meet them
  • Design strategies to minimize the cost or time required to transport goods
  • Review logistical functions and identify areas for improvement
  • Propose improvements to management and customers

Logisticians oversee activities that include purchasing, transportation, inventory, and warehousing. They may direct the movement of a range of goods, people, or supplies, from common consumer goods to military supplies and personnel.

Logisticians use software systems to plan and track the movement of products. They operate software programs designed specifically to manage logistical functions, such as procurement, inventory management, and other supply chain planning and management systems.

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How To Become A Logistics Coordinator

A bachelor’s degree is typically required for most positions, although an associate’s degree may be sufficient for some logistician jobs. Industry certification and work experience in a related field is helpful for jobseekers.

Education

Logisticians may qualify for some positions with an associate’s degree. However, as logistics becomes increasingly complex, more companies prefer to hire workers who have at least a bachelor’s degree. Many logisticians have a bachelor’s degree in business, systems engineering, or supply chain management.

Bachelor’s degree programs often include coursework in operations and database management, and system dynamics. In addition, most programs offer courses that train students on software and technologies commonly used by logisticians, such as radio-frequency identification (RFID).

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification can demonstrate professional competence and a broad knowledge of logistics. Logisticians can obtain certification through APICS or the International Society of Logistics (SOLE). To become certified, a logistician typically needs to have a certain amount of education and work experience and to pass an exam.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Prospective logisticians can benefit from previous work experience in a field related to logistics or business. Others gain work experience while serving in the military. Experience allows a worker to learn about products and supply chain processes. Some employers allow applicants to substitute several years of work experience for a degree.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Logisticians need strong communication skills in order to collaborate with colleagues and do business with suppliers and customers.

Critical-thinking skills. Logisticians must develop, adjust, and carry out logistical plans. They often must find ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Organizational skills. Logisticians must be able to perform several tasks at one time, keep detailed records, and simultaneously manage several projects in a fast-paced environment.

Problem-solving skills. Logisticians must handle unforeseen issues, such as delivery problems, and adjust plans as needed to resolve the issues.

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Logistics Coordinator Career Paths

Logistics Coordinator
Office Manager Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Operations Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Warehouse Manager Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Warehouse Manager Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Buyer Supply Chain Analyst
Senior Supply Chain Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Purchasing Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Warehouse Supervisor Distribution Manager
Logistics Director
9 Yearsyrs
Manager Project Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Lead
9 Yearsyrs
Buyer Material Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor Distribution Manager
Distribution And Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor Logistics Supervisor
Customer Logistics Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Analyst Management Analyst Logistics Analyst
Logistics Lead
6 Yearsyrs
Inventory Analyst Materials Planner Logistics Analyst
Logistics Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Construction Manager Operations Project Manager
Logistics Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Traffic Manager Import Manager
Export Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Warehouse Manager Transportation Manager
Global Logistics Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Distribution Manager Distribution Center Manager
Corporate Logistics Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Logistics Manager 4.0 years
Logistics Planner 3.4 years
Logistics Lead 3.1 years
Logistics Analyst 2.7 years
Logistic Assistant 2.1 years
Top Careers Before Logistics Coordinator
Cashier 6.7%
Internship 6.0%
Dispatcher 4.3%
Manager 4.2%
Supervisor 3.8%
Top Careers After Logistics Coordinator
Buyer 4.5%
Manager 4.4%
Dispatcher 4.2%
Cashier 4.0%

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Logistics Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Male

51.3%

Female

37.9%

Unknown

10.7%
Ethnicity

White

57.3%

Hispanic or Latino

20.0%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.2%

French

8.8%

Mandarin

4.9%

Chinese

4.6%

Carrier

4.4%

Portuguese

3.4%

Russian

3.2%

German

2.9%

Japanese

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%

Italian

2.2%

Korean

2.1%

Cantonese

1.6%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Hindi

0.6%

Tagalog

0.6%

Dutch

0.5%

Hebrew

0.5%

Swedish

0.4%
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Logistics Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.9%

University of Houston

6.8%

Strayer University

5.1%

Michigan State University

4.8%

Ashford University

4.7%

Pennsylvania State University

4.7%

Miami Dade College

4.2%

Florida International University

3.8%

Houston Community College

3.6%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

Community College of the Air Force

3.5%

Kaplan University

3.4%

American University

3.3%

Ohio State University

3.3%

Central Michigan University

3.3%

University of North Texas

3.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.2%

Central Texas College

3.1%

Georgia State University

3.1%

American InterContinental University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

39.0%

Supply Chain Management

8.6%

Management

5.2%

Accounting

4.7%

Criminal Justice

4.5%

Communication

4.3%

Marketing

4.3%

Psychology

3.4%

General Studies

3.1%

Political Science

2.5%

Finance

2.5%

Computer Science

2.3%

International Business

2.2%

Health Care Administration

2.1%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Economics

2.0%

Education

1.9%

English

1.8%

Human Resources Management

1.7%

Computer Information Systems

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.2%

Other

24.3%

Associate

12.3%

Masters

11.4%

Certificate

4.4%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.3%
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Average Yearly Salary
$53,000
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$33,000
Min 10%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
IAP Worldwide Services
Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does a Logistics Coordinator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Logistics Coordinator in the United States is $53,433 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $33,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $84,000.

Real Logistics Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Supply Logistics Coordinator Exxon Mobil Corporation Fairfax, VA May 01, 2014 $110,800 -
$188,400
Logistics Coordinator Provisions International, Inc. Miramar, FL Aug 31, 2016 $103,750
Coordinator of Organizational and Logistical Devel Leon Medical Centers, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 18, 2014 $101,000
International Logistics Coordinator Mehadrin Dairy Corp Elizabeth, NJ Aug 03, 2016 $96,221
Logistics Coordinator Swift & Company Trade Group Greeley, CO Dec 15, 2013 $90,000
Logistics Coordinator Pos Enterprises Ltd. Oak Park, IL Jan 14, 2016 $86,070
Logistics Coordinator Chain and Fantasia Inc. New York, NY Mar 23, 2015 $84,802
Business Operations & Logistics Coordinator Marine Supply Trading Group, LLC. Davie, FL Sep 20, 2016 $81,432
Logistics Coordinator Leon Medical Center Inc. Doral, FL May 01, 2015 $81,000
Logistic Coordinator Intelligentisia Group LLC-Roadspace Chicago, IL Sep 16, 2016 $80,000
Logistics Coordinator Atlant-Pacific Wa, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 01, 2015 $80,000
Logistics Coordinator Nokia Inc. Irving, TX Dec 27, 2013 $63,033
Logistics Coordinator Tengfei, Inc. Baltimore, MD Sep 20, 2015 $62,610
Logistics Coordinator North America Gameloft, Inc. New York, NY Nov 04, 2013 $62,000
Logistics Coordinator Leon Medical Centers, Inc. Miami, FL Sep 18, 2014 $62,000
Logistics Coordinator Cargotrans, Inc. Valley Stream, NY Aug 20, 2014 $61,567
Logistics Coordinator Cargotrans, Inc. Valley Stream, NY Aug 15, 2013 $61,567
Export & Logistics Coordinator Ethosenergy Power Plant Services, LLC Houston, TX Mar 23, 2015 $60,154 -
$62,000
Logistics Coordinator Lucky Moving, Inc. Industry, CA Sep 15, 2013 $53,991
Logistics Coordinator Lucky Moving, Inc. Industry, CA Sep 10, 2013 $53,991
Logistics Coordinator WYW Logistics, Inc. Monterey Park, CA Sep 01, 2015 $53,949
International Logistics Coordinator Cargozone Logistics, Inc. Torrance, CA Aug 01, 2016 $53,768
Logistics Coordinator Akamai Technologies, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 01, 2013 $53,680 -
$70,000
Logistics Coordinator C.K. Group, Inc. Santa Ana, CA Jan 10, 2016 $53,469
Logistics Coordinator JPC Logistics LLC Hillsborough, NJ Sep 15, 2016 $53,000
Intl Logistics & Settlement Prjct Coordinator-Supply Chain CAE Integrated, LLC Austin, TX Nov 10, 2014 $52,500 -
$60,000

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Top Skills for A Logistics Coordinator

  1. On-Time Delivery
  2. Freight Carriers
  3. Customer Service
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  • Secured and prepared import/export documents adhering to domestic and international regulations and ensured on-time delivery of the documents to customers.
  • Maintained excellent relationships with multiple domestic and international freight carriers and coordinated with customs brokers to ensure on-time delivery.
  • Strengthened vendor network and overall customer service by offering competitive pricing and building rapport.
  • Performed administrative procedures to maintain the logistics/shipping work flow, including answering the phone and emails providing excellent customer service.
  • Monitor inventory needs and purchase orders to ensure timely delivery.

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