Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
73,760 2.4 % $20.97 $43,620 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.77 $15.00 $19.35 $24.85 $32.29
Annual Wage (2) $24,470 $31,200 $40,250 $51,680 $67,160


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 40,450 21.38 $21.56 $44,840
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 6,450 1.35 $19.58 $40,730
Scheduled Air Transportation 6,030 1.45 $19.56 $40,690
General Freight Trucking 5,040 0.54 $20.77 $43,190
Support Activities for Air Transportation 3,070 1.86 $15.23 $31,680

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 40,450 21.38 $21.56 $44,840
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 1,270 3.21 $24.26 $50,460
Support Activities for Water Transportation 2,260 2.45 $30.52 $63,480
Support Activities for Air Transportation 3,070 1.86 $15.23 $31,680
Scheduled Air Transportation 6,030 1.45 $19.56 $40,690

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 2,260 2.45 $30.52 $63,480
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 260 0.03 $27.86 $57,950
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 330 0.02 $25.63 $53,320
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 1,270 3.21 $24.26 $50,460
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers 50 0.02 $23.19 $48,230


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 9,970 0.68 1.22 $22.45 $46,700
Florida 8,020 1.08 1.93 $20.95 $43,580
Illinois 6,760 1.19 2.13 $22.98 $47,790
Texas 6,020 0.55 0.99 $17.19 $35,740
New York 5,910 0.68 1.23 $21.02 $43,720




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 1,350 4.19 7.53 $17.35 $36,080
Illinois 6,760 1.19 2.13 $22.98 $47,790
Hawaii 720 1.19 2.14 $16.36 $34,040
Florida 8,020 1.08 1.93 $20.95 $43,580
Tennessee 2,360 0.87 1.57 $19.88 $41,360




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 600 0.37 0.66 $31.50 $65,530
Oregon 1,400 0.85 1.53 $26.10 $54,290
Washington 1,830 0.65 1.16 $25.65 $53,350
Utah 250 0.20 0.37 $24.33 $50,610
North Dakota 170 0.40 0.73 $23.88 $49,670





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 6,420 1.61 2.90 $22.70 $47,210
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 6,190 1.67 3.00 $23.07 $47,990
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,810 0.73 1.31 $21.97 $45,700
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 3,450 3.37 6.06 $19.39 $40,330
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,980 3.35 6.02 $18.90 $39,300
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,640 0.59 1.07 $19.70 $40,980
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,480 0.64 1.15 $19.68 $40,930
Laredo, TX 1,470 15.92 28.62 $13.64 $28,370
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,260 0.87 1.56 $24.44 $50,840
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 1,210 1.32 2.37 $19.62 $40,800




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 1,470 15.92 28.62 $13.64 $28,370
Anchorage, AK 680 3.85 6.92 $17.39 $36,170
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 3,450 3.37 6.06 $19.39 $40,330
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,980 3.35 6.02 $18.90 $39,300
El Centro, CA 110 2.13 3.82 $14.15 $29,430
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 620 2.10 3.77 $20.48 $42,600
Savannah, GA 280 1.85 3.33 $24.18 $50,300
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 6,190 1.67 3.00 $23.07 $47,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,420 1.61 2.90 $22.70 $47,210
Medford, OR 120 1.56 2.80 $20.04 $41,680




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 300 0.71 1.28 $38.25 $79,560
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 240 0.91 1.64 $34.97 $72,750
Worcester, MA-CT 40 0.16 0.29 $29.45 $61,260
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 730 1.00 1.79 $28.66 $59,610
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 380 0.38 0.68 $28.62 $59,520
Stockton, CA (8) (8) (8) $28.41 $59,100
Trenton-Ewing, NJ (8) (8) (8) $26.31 $54,730
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 40 0.07 0.12 $26.03 $54,140
Florence, SC 30 0.41 0.74 $25.20 $52,410
Gainesville, GA (8) (8) (8) $24.87 $51,720

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 300 4.08 7.34 $17.07 $35,510
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 190 5.29 9.51 $17.86 $37,160
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.38 0.69 $15.24 $31,690
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 150 0.79 1.41 $18.19 $37,830
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 0.93 1.68 $19.10 $39,740

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 190 5.29 9.51 $17.86 $37,160
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 300 4.08 7.34 $17.07 $35,510
Southeast Arizona nonmetropolitan area 90 1.44 2.58 $18.35 $38,180
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 80 1.06 1.91 $21.70 $45,130
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area 90 1.04 1.87 $16.63 $34,590

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)
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.28 $52,570
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 0.58 $24.72 $51,410
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 60 0.79 1.41 $22.47 $46,730
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 70 0.27 0.48 $22.18 $46,140
Southeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.18 $46,140


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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