Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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
Geographic 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)
88,920 2.8 % $21.27 $44,250 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.86 $15.69 $20.15 $25.53 $30.93
Annual Wage (2) $24,660 $32,630 $41,920 $53,100 $64,340


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Freight Transportation Arrangement 44,030 21.04 $22.03 $45,820
Scheduled Air Transportation 10,720 2.55 $21.13 $43,950
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 7,280 1.29 $20.55 $42,750
Support Activities for Air Transportation 7,200 3.66 $15.68 $32,600
General Freight Trucking 4,650 0.47 $21.66 $45,050

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Freight Transportation Arrangement 44,030 21.04 $22.03 $45,820
Support Activities for Air Transportation 7,200 3.66 $15.68 $32,600
Scheduled Air Transportation 10,720 2.55 $21.13 $43,950
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 810 2.06 $23.72 $49,330
Support Activities for Water Transportation 1,440 1.56 $29.87 $62,120

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Water Transportation 1,440 1.56 $29.87 $62,120
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.03 $29.31 $60,960
Rail Transportation 200 0.09 $28.14 $58,520
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 30 0.01 $26.81 $55,760
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 280 0.01 $26.26 $54,610


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 12,760 0.80 1.26 $21.10 $43,890
Texas 11,820 1.01 1.59 $22.82 $47,460
New York 6,660 0.73 1.16 $20.00 $41,600
Florida 6,140 0.75 1.18 $21.02 $43,710
Illinois 5,330 0.90 1.43 $19.21 $39,950




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 660 2.03 3.20 $17.69 $36,800
Hawaii 890 1.41 2.23 $16.32 $33,940
Kentucky 2,460 1.31 2.08 $19.98 $41,560
Nevada 1,360 1.07 1.69 $20.04 $41,690
Texas 11,820 1.01 1.59 $22.82 $47,460




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 620 0.25 0.39 $26.55 $55,230
Oregon 1,080 0.60 0.95 $25.31 $52,640
Connecticut 450 0.27 0.43 $24.83 $51,650
Rhode Island 90 0.19 0.29 $24.63 $51,230
New Hampshire 180 0.27 0.43 $24.18 $50,290





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,710 1.83 2.88 $20.31 $42,250
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,810 0.88 1.39 $19.89 $41,380
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4,900 1.35 2.13 $19.17 $39,870
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 3,890 3.96 6.26 $22.20 $46,180
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 3,300 1.12 1.77 $23.90 $49,710
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,280 1.28 2.03 $20.37 $42,360
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,690 2.39 3.77 $20.29 $42,200
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,260 0.93 1.47 $24.46 $50,870
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,590 1.37 2.17 $21.12 $43,930
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,590 1.52 2.40 $20.67 $42,990




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Laredo, TX 850 8.72 13.76 $17.82 $37,060
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 3,890 3.96 6.26 $22.20 $46,180
Rome, GA 140 3.74 5.91 $13.20 $27,460
Anchorage, AK 420 2.40 3.79 $17.48 $36,350
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,690 2.39 3.77 $20.29 $42,200
Savannah, GA 350 2.09 3.29 $25.30 $52,620
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 1,190 1.84 2.91 $21.00 $43,690
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,710 1.83 2.88 $20.31 $42,250
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 570 1.74 2.75 (8) (8)
Sioux Falls, SD 240 1.64 2.59 $21.38 $44,470