Education pays off the most in receiving higher compensation among fleet/transportation professionals, according to the 2003 Transportation Compensation Analysis from efleetmgmt, inc. In its exclusive survey of more than 200 industry employees, efleetmgmt says it found that education makes a sizable difference in how much pay the employee receives. Average salaries vary $30,500 between those who have a high school diploma only and those with master's degrees ­$55.500 to $86,000, noted efleetmgmt, the online education, information and management resource firm. About 75 percent of survey respondents have completed some college, including 14 percent with a master's. "What will help you obtain the most compensation from your job is continuing education," said Donna Prisley, efleetmgmt's VP of operations. "It's not even necessary to have a degree in transportation. The higher your formal education, the more money you'll earn, regardless of the experience level." The company says this year's TCA compares compensation by job description, education level, industry experience, fleet size, geographic region and core business of the company. The survey's average fleet/transportation manager earns $67,230 in annual salary, holds an associate or bachelor's degree, has worked in the industry 15 years, works with a fleet of 688 vehicles and receives 29 days annually in paid time off. The average workweek is 51 hours weekly. Experience is also a major factor in landing a bigger paycheck. According to the survey, those who responded who had 30 or more years' experience make an average of $24,000 more than those who have less than five years of transportation experience. In addition to education and experience, other factors that influence a fleet manager's compensation are the position description and the fleet size. According to efleetmgmt, average pay varied $41,000 for non-management employees at the low end to $105,800 for vice president at the upper scale. Plus, survey respondents who manage fleets of 2,000 vehicles or more earn an average $25,800 more than those who manage fleets of 50 vehicles and fewer. efleetmgmt's second annual survey was based on 201 qualified responses from 35 states and from Canada. Those responding this year ranged from hourly wage dispatchers to executive vice presidents. They work for more than 175 companies that manage private fleets, dedicated fleets, for-hire firms and third-party logistics operations. Fleet size ranged from three vehicles to 15,000. Private fleet employees accounted for 75 percent of those responding. Prisley said the survey shows transportation industry personnel how they stack up. "It's an excellent benchmark for human resource departments to use in determining if they're paying fleet managers enough," she said. "For fleet managers, it's a way of comparing themselves against their peers." Over half of survey respondents receive a performance- or profit-based bonus, usually about 10 percent of their annual salary, according to efleetmgmt. Employees in the Northeast and Southwest, which includes Southern California, pocketed the largest salaries and bonuses, while the lowest compensation went to those in the Midwest and Northwest. Copies of the 2003 survey are available by calling efleetmgmt at (540) 399-1010 or visiting the company's website at The cost is $79. The survey results will be sent via email. efleetmgmt is an Internet-based education, professional development and management resource for corporate fleet and transportation professionals. The company offers online courses, distance learning, educational seminars and online management resources designed to assist fleet and transportation managers to maximize the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their fleet operation.