Supply Chain Pros See
4% Salary Rise
May 9, 2019
Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM) released the 2019 Supply
Chain Salary and Career Survey Report. Overall the survey shows a bright
outlook for supply chain professionals who this past year reported high
job satisfaction, rising salaries, and benefits contributing to a
healthy work and life balance, all of which contributed to strong job
According to a recent Gallup World Poll, 85% of workers are displeased
with their jobs, however the mood is much happier for supply chain
professionals. When asked to rate their overall satisfaction with
working in the supply chain field on a 0-10 scale, 80% of respondents
provided a rating of 8 and above. Furthermore, an overwhelming majority
(82%) said they are likely to stay working in the supply chain field for
the next five years.
Although there was still a gap between men’s and women’s salaries, it
appears to be narrowing, especially for supply chain professionals under
40 where the difference between salaries is less than $1,000. These
results challenge other industries where, according to the Bureau of
Labor and Statistics, the average difference between men’s and women’s
salaries was $10,000 in 2018.
“The supply chain industry offers people of all profiles and backgrounds
a fast-track to career advancement, professional and personal
satisfaction, and high levels of compensation,” said ASCM CEO Abe
Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. “ASCM is proud to support these individuals
as they develop in the profession, make meaningful contributions to
their organizations, and achieve continued career fulfillment and
Additional report findings show:
salaries: Surveyed supply chain professionals received an average base
salary increase of 4.2% in 2018, up from the reported 3% pay raise in
2017. Nearly all of the respondents (91%) received an increase.
Time off and flexibility: Nearly all respondents receive holiday pay,
and 80% have three weeks or more of vacation. More than half are offered
flexible schedules and can work from home if needed.
Certifications correlate with higher income: Supply chain professionals
who hold one certification reported a median salary that was 18% higher
than those who are not certified. Furthermore, each additional
certification earned correlates with an additional rise in salary.
Supply chain professionals who hold an APICS Certified in Production and
Inventory Management (CPIM); Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP)
or Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD)
designation reported a median salary that is 25% higher than those
without a certification.