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2018 Supply Chain Compensation and Career Survey Report

This survey report focuses on compensation, benefits and career satisfaction and includes many demographic factors such as industry tenure, professional responsibilities, company size, certification, and gender.

See how your compensation compares to others in your field in the 2018 Supply Chain Compensation and Career Survey Report by APICS.

More than 2,600 supply chain professionals provided their responses to this inaugural annual survey focusing on compensation, benefits and career satisfaction.

Survey Report Summarized Key Findings:

  • Supply chain professionals experience high job satisfaction: When asked to rate their overall job satisfaction with working in the supply chain field overall, 96 percent of those surveyed reported high levels of satisfaction, with the average rating as 8.4 on a scale of 0-10. Overall, supply chain professionals are also satisfied with their current job position, reporting an average rating of 7.4.
  • Tenure matters, but recent-graduates are seeing higher initial salaries: As might be expected, supply chain professionals with the highest level of tenure also receive the highest salaries. A $39,818 gap separates the average salaries of those with at least 20 years of work experience in the supply chain field and those with less than one year in the field. However, possibly due to the current demand for recent supply chain graduates, the average salary for recent graduates is slightly higher than the salary level for those with one to three years of tenure.
  • Leadership roles increase salary prospects: The survey found roles that require supervision of others receive more significant compensation. Supply chain professionals who directly or indirectly supervise at least 50 individuals report an average base salary of about 82 percent more than those who do not supervise others; supervising even 1-4 individuals provides a 13 percent increase.
  • The value of certification: Those who hold just one certification reported a median salary that was 19 percent higher than those who are not certified. Moreover, those with 2 or 3 certifications reported median salaries of 39 percent higher and 50 percent higher, respectively.
  • The gender gap in the supply chain: The results of the survey show that there is a pay gap between men and women in the supply chain field, and wage disparity increases with field tenure. Male respondents reported average salaries that are 15.8 percent higher than those reported by female respondents.

Download: 2018 Supply Chain Compensation and Career Survey Report

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