Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
81,390 2.2 % $18.76 $39,020 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.63 $13.53 $17.86 $22.94 $28.08
Annual Wage (2) $22,110 $28,130 $37,150 $47,710 $58,400


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 36,470 21.66 $19.40 $40,360
Scheduled Air Transportation 11,850 2.89 $18.02 $37,470
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 7,070 1.47 $18.15 $37,740
Support Activities for Air Transportation 5,750 3.72 $13.21 $27,470
General Freight Trucking 5,240 0.61 $19.28 $40,100

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 36,470 21.66 $19.40 $40,360
Support Activities for Air Transportation 5,750 3.72 $13.21 $27,470
Scheduled Air Transportation 11,850 2.89 $18.02 $37,470
Support Activities for Water Transportation 2,030 2.30 $27.24 $56,660
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 760 2.22 $24.18 $50,290

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 2,030 2.30 $27.24 $56,660
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 370 0.02 $25.13 $52,260
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 760 2.22 $24.18 $50,290
Rail Transportation 870 0.38 $23.10 $48,050
Specialized Freight Trucking 1,230 0.32 $21.95 $45,650


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 12,190 0.87 1.36 $19.71 $41,000
Texas 9,080 0.90 1.41 $17.85 $37,120
Florida 8,310 1.17 1.83 $15.52 $32,290
New York 6,310 0.76 1.18 $20.03 $41,660
Illinois 6,280 1.14 1.77 $19.11 $39,740




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 550 1.79 2.80 $15.97 $33,220
Florida 8,310 1.17 1.83 $15.52 $32,290
Illinois 6,280 1.14 1.77 $19.11 $39,740
Kentucky 1,820 1.06 1.66 $17.46 $36,330
Texas 9,080 0.90 1.41 $17.85 $37,120




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 370 0.23 0.36 $26.30 $54,700
Wyoming 150 0.55 0.85 $23.89 $49,700
Washington 2,040 0.76 1.18 $23.63 $49,150
Massachusetts 1,210 0.39 0.61 $22.29 $46,360
Nebraska 220 0.24 0.38 $21.40 $44,500

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 6,850 1.80 2.80 $19.64 $40,840
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 5,830 1.64 2.57 $19.21 $39,960
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,740 0.95 1.49 $20.33 $42,280
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 4,560 4.76 7.43 $14.77 $30,730
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 3,010 1.21 1.88 $19.52 $40,600
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,860 0.85 1.32 $18.27 $38,010
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,800 1.90 2.96 $19.82 $41,220
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,640 0.82 1.28 $17.84 $37,110
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,610 2.74 4.28 $17.69 $36,800
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,470 1.09 1.70 $23.01 $47,870




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)
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 4,560 4.76 7.43 $14.77 $30,730
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,610 2.74 4.28 $17.69 $36,800
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 490 2.57 4.01 $18.54 $38,550
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 1,130 1.94 3.02 $16.92 $35,180
Anchorage, AK 310 1.90 2.96 $17.20 $35,780
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,800 1.90 2.96 $19.82 $41,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,850 1.80 2.80 $19.64 $40,840
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 5,830 1.64 2.57 $19.21 $39,960
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 430 1.57 2.45 $20.65 $42,960
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 1,260 1.52 2.37 $16.47 $34,250




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)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 130 0.32 0.50 $36.51 $75,930
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $28.48 $59,250
Brunswick, GA 40 1.09 1.70 $27.61 $57,430
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 140 0.54 0.84 $26.94 $56,030
Greensboro-High Point, NC 160 0.49 0.76 $23.87 $49,650
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 60 0.34 0.53 $23.45 $48,770
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 810 0.86 1.34 $23.34 $48,540
Spokane, WA 60 0.33 0.51 $23.23 $48,320
Yakima, WA 40 0.56 0.87 $23.13 $48,110
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 840 0.50 0.79 $23.08 $48,000

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 180 0.96 1.50 $18.28 $38,020
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 3.55 5.54 $13.23 $27,530
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 0.33 0.52 $17.01 $35,380
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 80 0.30 0.47 $11.70 $24,340
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.26 0.40 $20.12 $41,860

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)
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 3.55 5.54 $13.23 $27,530
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.44 2.25 $16.97 $35,300
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 180 0.96 1.50 $18.28 $38,020
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.89 1.39 $14.13 $29,380
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 0.59 $19.13 $39,780

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)
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.27 0.41 $26.91 $55,970
Southwest / Southeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.33 0.51 $25.25 $52,530
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.48 $48,830
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.19 $48,230
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 0.56 $22.85 $47,530


About May 2010 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 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.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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