Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
81,120 3.6 % $21.38 $44,470 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.76 $15.45 $20.13 $25.57 $32.08
Annual Wage (2) $24,460 $32,140 $41,870 $53,180 $66,730


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 40,860 20.26 $21.94 $45,630
Scheduled Air Transportation 10,910 2.63 $20.51 $42,650
Support Activities for Air Transportation 5,100 2.76 $14.52 $30,200
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 4,940 0.91 $20.47 $42,570
General Freight Trucking 4,730 0.48 $21.56 $44,850

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 40,860 20.26 $21.94 $45,630
Support Activities for Water Transportation 2,900 2.99 $32.89 $68,410
Support Activities for Air Transportation 5,100 2.76 $14.52 $30,200
Scheduled Air Transportation 10,910 2.63 $20.51 $42,650
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 1,010 2.57 $25.97 $54,010

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 2,900 2.99 $32.89 $68,410
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 280 0.01 $26.05 $54,180
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 1,010 2.57 $25.97 $54,010
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 50 0.02 $23.79 $49,480
Rail Transportation 180 0.08 $22.55 $46,900


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 12,020 0.78 1.32 $22.36 $46,500
Texas 10,260 0.89 1.51 $21.79 $45,330
Florida 6,390 0.81 1.37 $20.34 $42,320
Illinois 6,240 1.07 1.81 $22.09 $45,950
New York 5,790 0.64 1.09 $21.20 $44,100




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 920 2.81 4.78 $17.61 $36,620
Hawaii 880 1.43 2.42 $15.46 $32,160
Illinois 6,240 1.07 1.81 $22.09 $45,950
Nevada 1,160 0.94 1.61 $18.10 $37,650
Texas 10,260 0.89 1.51 $21.79 $45,330




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 570 0.34 0.58 $29.60 $61,570
New Hampshire 60 0.10 0.16 $24.51 $50,970
Washington 1,830 0.61 1.04 $24.09 $50,100
West Virginia 50 0.08 0.13 $24.05 $50,020
Maine 150 0.25 0.42 $23.60 $49,080





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 7,280 1.77 3.01 $22.54 $46,880
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,790 0.74 1.26 $21.15 $44,000
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,900 2.65 4.51 $20.06 $41,720
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,730 0.93 1.58 $23.42 $48,710
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,190 0.88 1.50 $20.86 $43,380
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,340 0.87 1.48 $24.97 $51,950
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,270 0.53 0.90 $17.71 $36,850
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.94 1.61 $23.29 $48,430
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 1,110 1.08 1.83 $19.50 $40,570
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,090 0.58 0.99 $19.93 $41,460




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 840 8.68 14.76 $17.16 $35,690
Anchorage, AK 550 3.10 5.26 $17.35 $36,100
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 2,900 2.65 4.51 $20.06 $41,720
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 770 2.44 4.15 (8) (8)
Savannah, GA 310 1.94 3.30 $24.73 $51,450
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 7,280 1.77 3.01 $22.54 $46,880
Fort Smith, AR-OK 190 1.70 2.88 $15.47 $32,190
Sioux Falls, SD 220 1.46 2.49 $21.49 $44,710
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 1,030 1.41 2.40 $23.59 $49,070
Medford, OR 100 1.29 2.20 $23.09 $48,030