A period of stability

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by Emily Atkins

At the end of last year’s salary survey report (MM&D, October 2015) we noted the Canadian economy was facing a ‘technical recession” and wondered whether salaries in 2016 would reflect that fact.

It appears that they have. Salaries in 2016 took a slight dip across the board from the 2015 results. Overall ,the mean salary for Canadian logistics professionals was $90,566, a decline of 1.75 percent from last year’s $92,182.

The gender gap persists
Men’s salaries dropped from $97,945 to $96,141, a decline of 1.84 percent, while women saw a drop of 7.75 percent from $83,381 to $76,919.
Last year the actual dollar gap between the average male and female salary was $14,564, a 17.5-percent differential. This year it’s $19,222, representing a 20-percent gender discrepancy.

Although that’s an increase from 2015, it’s consistent with numbers we’ve seen in the past five-year trend line, which has ranged from 17 to 21.5 percent. This disparity is reflected across job functions, management level, years of experience and amount of budget managed.

For example, in the executive management group males earn $16,022 more than females. For those who manage more than $10 million in budget, the gap is $32,938. And, in terms of experience, women with 30-plus years are earning, on average, $32,769 less than men with the same longevity.

Where you work
Salaries are relatively equal across industry sectors, with third-party logistics coming out on top at $95,943. 3PL employees also topped the chart for those who manage budgets over $10 million, and they bring home the most cash when they have more than 20 years of experience.
For executives, the best-paying sector is transportation, with an average salary of $148,125. Likewise, senior mangers also do best in transportation, with $108,242 in salary.

Operations managers and supervisors are best compensated in the manufacturing sector at $86,669, while support and sales staff do best in transportation with an average wage of $74,562.

Drilling down to specific industries, the average salaries were closely grouped, with compensation standing out for executives working in Computers and Electronics, at $163,333.

Your attributes
It’s not just about the kind of company you work for. Hours worked reflect higher pay, with the 25 percent of respondents who work 51 to 55 hours weekly averaging $113,769.

Education also pays off. The 11 percent of respondents with a post-grad degree bring home an average of $119,423. The largest cohort or respondents (29 percent) have undergraduate degrees, and make an average of $94,088.

As for professional designations, CITT/CCLP holders (33 percent of respondents) make more than average, at $93,132, while P.Log holders (20 percent of respondents) net the most of those with professional designations, at $113,857.

The extras
We asked respondents what they get besides wages in their compensation package. Fifty-four percent get a bonus (although only 44 percent reported receiving one last year). Thirty-seven percent get career development; 22 percent have profit sharing; 17 percent receive a company car or allowance; and 12 percent have stock options. Twenty percent report getting none of these perqs.

More than half (56 percent) rate their benefits package as good or excellent, while 42 percent call theirs fair or poor.

Methodology and demographics
In addition to changing publication months (from its previous slot in October’s issue) the survey this year had a slightly modified suite of questions.
There were 701 respondents to the 2016 survey, which was in the field in the third quarter of 2016. Of those, 72 percent were male, and 27 percent female, with two percent not answering the question.

If we were to create an average logistics professional based on our respondents, he would be 49 years old, with 22 years of experience in the supply chain, spanning four different companies and in six different job positions. He has been in his current position almost seven and a half years.

Respondents came from across the country, with a significant bias towards Ontario, which represented 48 percent. Eight percent were from Quebec, 15 percent from Alberta, 12 percent from BC, and 10 percent from Manitoba and Saskatchewan combined.

Similarly, the Greater Toronto Area, including Burlington and Oakville, accounted for 32 percent of respondents. Montreal and Vancouver each accounted for seven percent, while Calgary residents made up eight percent.

Invitations to participate in the online survey were e-mailed to subscribers of MM&D magazine and our sister publication, Canadian Shipper. With 701 qualified respondents the margin of error was plus or minus 3.8 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Data collection and compilation was managed by G. Bramm Research Inc.