The Average Salary of a Logistics Coordinator for Federal Jobs

by Will Charpentier

Federal logistics coordinators -- also known as logisticians and logistics managers -- coordinate movement of people and goods by truck, rail, aircraft and ships so that goods and people arrive where and when needed. These civil service employees stay abreast of transportation technology, maintain relationships in the transportation industry and keep up with foreign policy. Throughout the year, they plan movements for thousands of people and millions of dollars’ worth of U.S. government property, while earning an average of $81,570 per year.

Average Salary

As of May 2012, the average salary for a federal logistics coordinator topped $81,570 per year, or $39.22 per hour, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - exceeding the annual average wage for all logisticians ($36.38 per hour, or $75,670) The BLS says the federal government is the largest employer of logistics coordinators (26,620).

Variations in Civil Service Wages

Federal logistics coordinators are civil service employees. Congress sets the wage of all civil service employees. As with all civil service employees, logistics coordinators might find themselves transferred to a new location. They may receive cost-of-living payments if transferred to an area with a higher cost of living, such as Los Angeles, where the average salary is $104,811.

Pay Grades and Promotions

Civil service pay grades are further subdivided into pay steps, based the level of responsibility associated with a job. With each rise in step, more money is earned. For example a GS-13 (step five) earns $81,230 per year, or $6769.17 per month. A GS-13 (step six) earns $83,619 per year, or $6968.25 per month Promotions in civil service jobs are merit-based. A promotion to the next highest step within a grade, or to a higher grade, is based on objective performance-management measures, coupled with time in civil service and time in grade.

Bright Outlook Predicted

Federal logistics coordinators are subject to the vagaries of budgetary disputes. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the government and the military rely on logisticians to coordinate the movement of military personnel and material. The bureau says that the need for logisticians will continue to grow at a rate of 20 percent between 2010 and 2020 to meet military needs.

About the Author

Will Charpentier is a writer who specializes in boating and maritime subjects. A retired ship captain, Charpentier holds a doctorate in applied ocean science and engineering. He is also a certified marine technician and the author of a popular text on writing local history.

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