May 18, 2018 1:15 PM, EDT

Supply Chain Survey Shows Job Satisfaction High, but Women Earn Less

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The average salary for supply chain professionals in 2017 was $85,210, and nearly all say they are highly satisfied with their jobs, according to a salary survey by APICS, the association for supply chain management.

Chicago-based APICS found that 90% of respondents to its survey received an annual average salary raise of 3% in 2017. Meanwhile, 96% rated their job satisfaction as high, with the average rating of 8.4 on a 1-10 scale. Nearly all the respondents said they were likely to remain in the industry.


However, women generally earn less than men. Male respondents reported an average salary that was almost 16% higher than the average salary reported by women.

Salary leaders include managers who supervise at least 50 individuals, earning about 82% more than those who do not supervise others. Those who supervise one to four individuals earn 13% more than nonsupervisors.

Tenure also brings greater rewards. Someone with at least 20 years in the supply chain industry earns an average salary nearly $40,000 higher than someone with less than one year in the business. But a college degree can help increase pay, with recent grads earning an average salary that is slightly higher than the salary earned by someone with one to three years of tenure.

APICS received 2,659 responses to its salary survey that covered those in the supply chain industry between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017. A majority of the respondents were in staff/associate or managerial level positions while 11% were at the director level or above.

APICS provides research, education and certification programs for the supply chain industry.