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Cargo and Freight Agent Salary Information

The salary statistics of cargo and freight agents are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of cargo and freight agents within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The cargo and freight agents annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Cargo and Freight Agent Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,670
25th Percentile Wage
$33,250
50th Percentile Wage
$41,820
75th Percentile Wage
$54,180
90th Percentile Wage
$65,600

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for cargo and freight agents. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) cargo and freight agents is $65,600. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $41,820. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,670. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 155% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of cargo and freight agents from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$41,820
-0.24% 5.02%
2016
$41,920
0.12% -
2015
$41,870
1.17% -
2014
$41,380
2.73% -
2013
$40,250
1.32% -
2012
$39,720
- -

Table 2. Cargo and Freight Agent Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of cargo and freight agents in 9 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for cargo and freight agents occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $56,570. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $30,460).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$56,570
Federal, State, and Local Government
$51,530
Manufacturing
$44,340
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$43,310
Transportation and Warehousing
$41,810
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$41,220
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$40,590
Wholesale Trade
$39,890
Retail Trade
$30,460

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Cargo and Freight Agents by States

From the above tables we note that not only cargo and freight agents salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of cargo and freight agents in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,610 to $51,810. The highest paying state for cargo and freight agents is New Hampshire with a median annual salary of $51,810. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,610. For more salary information of cargo and freight agents profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
New Hampshire
$51,810
New Jersey
$49,750
Alabama
$49,010
Oklahoma
$48,730
Washington
$48,570
Rhode Island
$48,560
Oregon
$48,160
South Dakota
$48,100
Pennsylvania
$47,360
Idaho
$46,930
Arkansas
$46,130
Delaware
$45,990
Maine
$45,650
Kansas
$45,270
New Mexico
$45,270
Colorado
$45,010
Connecticut
$44,850
Mississippi
$44,850
Michigan
$44,580
Minnesota
$44,550
Nebraska
$43,460
Missouri
$43,130
Texas
$43,060
Georgia
$42,910
Arizona
$42,100
Tennessee
$41,920
Virginia
$41,310
North Carolina
$41,220
Iowa
$41,070
Florida
$41,010
Massachusetts
$40,940
New York
$40,660
California
$40,570
South Carolina
$40,430
West Virginia
$40,190
Maryland
$40,050
Ohio
$39,590
Illinois
$39,340
Wisconsin
$39,220
Indiana
$38,770
Kentucky
$38,660
Nevada
$38,620
Wyoming
$38,330
North Dakota
$37,220
Montana
$36,980
Vermont
$36,740
Guam
$35,520
Louisiana
$35,420
Alaska
$33,080
Utah
$32,290
District of Columbia
$32,220
Hawaii
$30,840
Virgin Islands
$22,710
Puerto Rico
$18,610



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