Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
89,920 2.2 % $21.62 $44,980 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.34 $15.99 $20.11 $26.05 $31.54
Annual Wage (2) $25,670 $33,250 $41,820 $54,180 $65,600


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 44,570 20.97 $22.67 $47,150
Support Activities for Air Transportation 9,180 4.44 $16.60 $34,540
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 9,060 1.52 $20.67 $42,980
Scheduled Air Transportation 8,770 2.00 $20.81 $43,290
Truck Transportation 5,820 0.40 $23.04 $47,930

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 44,570 20.97 $22.67 $47,150
Support Activities for Air Transportation 9,180 4.44 $16.60 $34,540
Scheduled Air Transportation 8,770 2.00 $20.81 $43,290
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 9,060 1.52 $20.67 $42,980
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 510 1.42 $23.21 $48,270

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 30 (7) $28.80 $59,910
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.03 $27.82 $57,860
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 270 0.01 $26.66 $55,450
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 490 1.11 $25.99 $54,050
Support Activities for Water Transportation 1,240 1.37 $25.77 $53,600


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 13,670 0.82 1.30 $20.91 $43,490
Texas 8,750 0.74 1.17 $22.11 $45,980
New York 6,900 0.75 1.19 $20.91 $43,480
Florida 5,260 0.62 0.99 $21.18 $44,050
Illinois 5,000 0.84 1.34 $19.67 $40,910




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)
Hawaii 1,200 1.89 3.00 $17.51 $36,420
Kentucky 2,660 1.42 2.25 $19.75 $41,090
Alaska 440 1.40 2.21 $17.06 $35,470
Nevada 1,350 1.03 1.64 $19.46 $40,470
Georgia 4,290 1.00 1.58 $20.59 $42,830




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 1,200 0.66 1.04 $27.66 $57,530
Nebraska 740 0.76 1.20 $26.73 $55,610
Washington 1,820 0.57 0.91 $25.94 $53,960
New Jersey 3,310 0.83 1.31 $25.02 $52,030
Colorado 740 0.29 0.46 $24.90 $51,790



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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 7,630 1.72 2.73 $19.71 $41,000
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 5,850 0.87 1.39 $21.22 $44,130
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 4,600 1.26 1.99 $19.54 $40,640
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 3,420 1.30 2.07 $20.64 $42,930
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,990 1.02 1.62 $22.82 $47,470
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,290 2.01 3.19 $20.35 $42,320
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 2,180 2.06 3.27 $22.02 $45,810
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,040 0.82 1.30 $24.00 $49,920
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,880 1.61 2.56 $26.31 $54,730
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,700 1.43 2.27 $20.60 $42,840


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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 860 8.79 13.94 $17.11 $35,590
Urban Honolulu, HI 950 2.06 3.26 $17.01 $35,390
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 2,180 2.06 3.27 $22.02 $45,810
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,290 2.01 3.19 $20.35 $42,320
Medford, OR 160 1.92 3.04 $29.41 $61,170
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 1,210 1.87 2.97 $19.84 $41,260
Anchorage, AK 310 1.79 2.84 $15.98 $33,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,630 1.72 2.73 $19.71 $41,000
Gainesville, GA 140 1.65 2.62 $21.40 $44,520
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 1,880 1.61 2.56 $26.31 $54,730


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $37.21 $77,390
Oklahoma City, OK (8) (8) (8) $30.65 $63,760
Visalia-Porterville, CA 50 0.32 0.51 $30.40 $63,220
Medford, OR 160 1.92 3.04 $29.41 $61,170
Portsmouth, NH-ME (8) (8) (8) $28.98 $60,280
Grand Island, NE (8) (8) (8) $28.52 $59,320
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 900 0.78 1.24 $28.43 $59,130
Salisbury, MD-DE 50 0.29 0.46 $26.90 $55,960
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD 40 0.46 0.73 $26.77 $55,690
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 260 0.26 0.41 $26.77 $55,680

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 260 1.77 2.81 $20.08 $41,760
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 0.58 0.92 $21.86 $45,460
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 120 0.42 0.66 $25.90 $53,880
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 0.79 1.25 $18.48 $38,440
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 90 0.56 0.89 $21.76 $45,260

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 260 1.77 2.81 $20.08 $41,760
West Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.89 1.41 $18.67 $38,840
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 0.79 1.25 $18.48 $38,440
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 0.58 0.92 $21.86 $45,460
Arizona nonmetropolitan area 50 0.57 0.90 $15.71 $32,670

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.53 $61,420
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.05 $60,420
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.74 $57,710
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 0.32 $26.00 $54,080
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 120 0.42 0.66 $25.90 $53,880


About May 2017 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018