Industrial Traffic Managers


Industrial Traffic Managers


Industrial traffic managers handle the booking, billing, claims, and related paperwork for the safe and efficient movement of cargo by air, water, truck, or rail. They analyze the costs of different forms of transport and calculate the shipping rates for the customers. There are approximately 131,300 transportation, storage, and distribution managers employed in the United States. Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks hold about 662,600 jobs.

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma



Varies by position, but related experience recommended



Business Management


Personality Traits



Starting salaries depend greatly on the applicant's level of education, college major, other relevant work experience, and the degree of responsibility of the position.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that transportation, storage, and distribution managers earned a median salary of $94,560 in May 2019, with the lowest 10 percent earning less than $55,850 and the highe...

Work Environment

Because of the diverse characteristics of each particular mode of transportation, it is difficult to make a general statement about working conditions. Some positions consist of outdoor work, others are almost exclusively indoors, and some are combinations of the two. The hours may be long or shift work may be required since some terminals operate around the clock and certain cargoes must be di...


Employment for transportation, storage, and distribution managers is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all careers from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Large and medium-sized companies are increasingly using computers to store and retrieve records. Computerized conveyor systems, robotics, and trucks, as well as scanners, are increasing productivity and e...