Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

43-5011 Cargo and Freight Agents

Expedite and route movement of incoming and outgoing cargo and freight shipments in airline, train, and trucking terminals, and shipping docks. Take orders from customers and arrange pickup of freight and cargo for delivery to loading platform. Prepare and examine bills of lading to determine shipping charges and tariffs.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
82,440 2.4 % $18.72 $38,940 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.67 $13.60 $17.77 $22.95 $27.94
Annual Wage (2) $22,190 $28,280 $36,960 $47,740 $58,110


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Freight Transportation Arrangement 36,720 $19.08 $39,680
Scheduled Air Transportation 13,280 $18.10 $37,640
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 6,530 $18.30 $38,060
Support Activities for Air Transportation 5,520 $12.74 $26,500
General Freight Trucking 5,320 $19.27 $40,070

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Support Activities for Water Transportation 2,150 $29.31 $60,960
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 370 $24.93 $51,860
Rail Transportation 1,430 $23.89 $49,680
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 230 $22.65 $47,120
Office Administrative Services 120 $22.62 $47,050


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Alaska 770 $15.93 $33,140 2.488
Illinois 6,990 $19.36 $40,270 1.225
Florida 7,710 $15.17 $31,560 1.048
New Jersey 3,710 $20.94 $43,550 0.964
Tennessee 2,430 $17.62 $36,660 0.927

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Connecticut 430 $23.84 $49,590 0.258
Washington 2,390 $23.53 $48,930 0.856
Wyoming 110 $23.21 $48,280 0.406
Kansas 650 $23.17 $48,200 0.481
Massachusetts 1,230 $22.22 $46,210 0.387


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 4,520 $14.68 $30,540 4.609
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 690 $18.37 $38,200 3.506
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,550 $17.54 $36,490 2.552
Anchorage, AK 370 $17.49 $36,370 2.236
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,080 $21.70 $45,130 2.130

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Brunswick, GA 30 $28.82 $59,940 0.843
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 160 $28.52 $59,330 0.393
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 160 $26.18 $54,450 0.613
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 50 $23.80 $49,510 0.158
Peabody, MA NECTA Division 40 $23.53 $48,940 0.372


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010