The gender-based wage gap persists in supply chain

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

For 2021, we decided to fire up the time machine and take a look back at 10 years worth of salary survey data. After digging through the MM&D Magazine (now Inside Logistics) archives, we’re delighted to share this trip back in time to 2010.

The economy was just recovering from the 2008 crash, and supply chain salaries were gaining traction along with it. Men made more than women, more education meant a bigger paycheque and cost control was the biggest challenge people faced at work.

Some things never change










One of the most consistent results in our surveys over the years has been the disparity between male and female salaries. The gender gap is a topic we have frequently tackled, looking at the how the differential changes with seniority, age, sector and position.

Over the years the difference has been as great as 27 percent, with an average of 20 percent from 2010 to now. This lingering discrepancy is one of the most glaring elements that this salary survey highlights. In our next issue, April 2021, we will take a look at some of the challenges that continue to face women in supply chain careers.

Salary survey update

Over the years since then we’ve see a few changes to our survey questionnaire, which means we are giving you the top line averages for salaries. Our survey was fielded every year until 2017, when we switched to every second year. That means we will be asking you later this year to once again take part in our Survey of the Canadian Logistics Professional.

With the Covid-19 pandemic still raging on, it will be a very interesting year to be asking our industry about working conditions and wages during this unprecedented time. If you have a question you think we should be asking for this 2021 survey, please get in touch soon (editor Emily Atkins can be reached at, and we’ll try to fit it in.