More than half of respondents — 56.45% — make less than $100,001 annually.  -  Photo: Canva/Government Fleet

More than half of respondents — 56.45% — make less than $100,001 annually.

Photo: Canva/Government Fleet

The 2023 Salaries survey in Government Fleet’s biennial Industry Handbook for public sector fleet managers provided a clear picture of what fleet managers are seeing on their paychecks.

The handbook can act as a good general gauge for the state of the industry, but there are a few things to keep in mind, including the respondents’ backgrounds.

Experienced Fleet Managers Make Up Majority of Survey Respondents

The vast majority of respondents have been in the workforce for several decades. Here’s how the age groups break down, based on what generation the respondents identify with:

  • Baby Boomer (born 1946-1964): 36.36%.
  • Generation X (born 1965-1980): 54.55%.
  • Millennial (born 1981-1994): 9.09%.

Additionally, the state where the most fleet managers responded to the survey from was California. The other state with the most respondents was Florida. Both age and geographical location can affect salary.

The average salary of fleet manager survey respondents was $105,080.65. Overall, that’s 6.45% higher than the average reported in 2021 — $98,514.

Breaking Down the Salaries

Nearly 13% of respondents make more than $150,000 annually. That’s the range that represented the highest number of survey respondents. After that was $65,001-$70,000, which represented 9.68% of respondents. Tied for third was 8.06% of respondents each making between $80,001-$85,000 and $100,001-$105,000.

More than half of respondents — 56.45% — make less than $100,001 annually.

Are Fleet Managers Seeing Raises?

Most survey respondents saw at least some sort of salary change within the last year. Nearly 41% of respondents had an increase of up to 3%, while almost 40% of respondents received a salary increase between 4% and 6%. Just over 3% of those surveyed saw an increase of 7% or more.

Still, 13.64% of respondents saw no change to their salary in the last year. Another 1.52% of respondents had a decrease of 7% or more.

Most survey respondents saw at least some sort of salary change within the last year.  -  Photo: Canva/Government Fleet

Most survey respondents saw at least some sort of salary change within the last year.

Photo: Canva/Government Fleet

About the Data

In June and July 2023, Government Fleet magazine solicited responses to a biennial survey from its readership, receiving 81 qualified responses from a diverse group of public fleet professionals.

The information and analysis above come from this opt-in survey.

Want to participate in Government Fleet’s next survey? Government Fleet is teaming up with Work Truck and Automotive Fleet to conduct a salary survey for fleet managers to determine the average salary for a fleet management position in both commercial and public sector fleets. The deadline for responses is Jan. 31, 2024.

Check out more from the Industry Handbook here.

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Christy Grimes

Christy Grimes

Senior Editor

Christy Grimes is a Senior Editor at Bobit, working on Automotive Fleet Government Fleet publications.

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