Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
78,750 2.2 % $20.34 $42,310 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.50 $14.79 $19.10 $24.18 $29.70
Annual Wage (2) $23,920 $30,750 $39,720 $50,300 $61,780


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 40,990 22.53 $20.97 $43,620
Scheduled Air Transportation 8,290 1.98 $19.32 $40,190
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 7,340 1.54 $19.21 $39,970
General Freight Trucking 5,440 0.59 $20.11 $41,840
Support Activities for Air Transportation 2,720 1.70 $14.57 $30,310

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 40,990 22.53 $20.97 $43,620
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,630 3.99 $18.23 $37,920
Support Activities for Water Transportation 2,330 2.57 $27.47 $57,130
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 990 2.50 $23.27 $48,400
Scheduled Air Transportation 8,290 1.98 $19.32 $40,190

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 2,330 2.57 $27.47 $57,130
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 210 0.02 $27.39 $56,970
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 340 0.02 $25.54 $53,120
Inland Water Transportation 50 0.21 $24.13 $50,200
Specialized Freight Trucking 1,470 0.35 $23.78 $49,460


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 11,270 0.79 1.30 $21.01 $43,690
Florida 8,740 1.20 1.99 $20.25 $42,120
Illinois 6,860 1.22 2.01 $20.67 $43,000
New York 6,810 0.80 1.32 $20.55 $42,750
Texas 6,730 0.64 1.05 $17.43 $36,250




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 790 2.49 4.13 $17.62 $36,640
Illinois 6,860 1.22 2.01 $20.67 $43,000
Florida 8,740 1.20 1.99 $20.25 $42,120
Kentucky 1,930 1.10 1.81 $19.55 $40,670
Hawaii 540 0.91 1.51 $17.11 $35,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 440 0.27 0.45 $26.61 $55,340
District of Columbia 30 0.05 0.09 $26.46 $55,040
Washington 1,750 0.63 1.05 $26.33 $54,770
Oregon 1,120 0.70 1.15 $26.02 $54,110
Nebraska 230 0.25 0.41 $25.28 $52,590





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 7,130 1.84 3.05 $20.56 $42,770
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,880 1.62 2.67 $20.51 $42,650
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,810 0.93 1.54 $21.60 $44,930
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 3,710 3.71 6.13 $18.87 $39,250
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,920 0.73 1.21 $21.01 $43,710
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,820 0.80 1.33 $19.12 $39,770
Laredo, TX 1,710 19.00 31.43 $13.92 $28,950
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,700 2.87 4.75 $18.71 $38,920
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,380 0.76 1.25 $19.13 $39,790
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,180 1.18 1.95 $23.08 $48,010




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 1,710 19.00 31.43 $13.92 $28,950
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 3,710 3.71 6.13 $18.87 $39,250
Winchester, VA-WV 160 2.95 4.88 $8.96 $18,630
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,700 2.87 4.75 $18.71 $38,920
Anchorage, AK 430 2.48 4.10 $18.24 $37,950
Savannah, GA 350 2.40 3.97 $25.11 $52,230
Bellingham, WA 170 2.26 3.74 $23.60 $49,080
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 540 1.85 3.06 $22.77 $47,350
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,130 1.84 3.05 $20.56 $42,770
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX 230 1.80 2.97 $13.14 $27,330




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)
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 230 0.88 1.46 $34.63 $72,030
Yakima, WA 50 0.60 0.99 $30.98 $64,450
Worcester, MA-CT 30 0.14 0.22 $30.97 $64,410
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 160 0.39 0.65 $30.59 $63,640
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 50 0.09 0.14 $30.04 $62,480
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 40 0.36 0.59 $28.96 $60,240
Springfield, MO 70 0.35 0.58 $27.90 $58,020
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 390 0.40 0.66 $27.54 $57,290
Fargo, ND-MN (8) (8) (8) $27.06 $56,270
Spokane, WA 40 0.21 0.35 $26.68 $55,490

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 220 3.05 5.05 $16.93 $35,220
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.45 0.75 $14.77 $30,720
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 150 2.55 4.22 $18.62 $38,740
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 140 0.76 1.26 $17.15 $35,670
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 120 1.05 1.74 $19.43 $40,410

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)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 220 3.05 5.05 $16.93 $35,220
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 150 2.55 4.22 $18.62 $38,740
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 2.23 3.69 $16.23 $33,750
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 1.95 3.22 (8) (8)
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 1.30 2.15 $14.47 $30,100

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)
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 70 0.96 1.60 $25.91 $53,890
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 0.37 $25.39 $52,810
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 0.35 $25.32 $52,670
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.41 0.68 $25.30 $52,620
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.21 $50,360


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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