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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24,660
25th Percentile Wage
$32,630
50th Percentile Wage
$41,920
75th Percentile Wage
$53,100
90th Percentile Wage
$64,340

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 $64,340. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $41,920. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $24,660. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 160% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of cargo and freight agents from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201641,9200.12%5.25%
201541,8701.17%-
201441,3802.73%-
201340,2501.32%-
201239,720--

Table 2. Cargo and Freight Agent Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of cargo and freight agents in 7 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 federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $51,080. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $35,120).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$51,080
Manufacturing
$44,670
Transportation and Warehousing
$42,080
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$41,490
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$40,830
Wholesale Trade
$38,110
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$35,120

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 $18,250 to $54,600. The highest paying state for cargo and freight agents is Rhode Island with a median annual salary of $54,600. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,250. 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
Rhode Island
$54,600
West Virginia
$52,590
Oklahoma
$51,150
Alabama
$48,280
Pennsylvania
$47,470
New Hampshire
$47,430
New Mexico
$46,840
Washington
$46,670
Minnesota
$46,530
Mississippi
$46,160
Texas
$46,130
South Dakota
$45,370
Colorado
$45,320
Idaho
$45,300
Maine
$45,140
Connecticut
$44,850
Nevada
$44,240
Arizona
$43,810
Virginia
$43,710
Kansas
$43,540
California
$42,380
South Carolina
$42,290
New Jersey
$41,870
Michigan
$41,840
Oregon
$41,840
Missouri
$41,500
Maryland
$41,080
Arkansas
$40,920
Georgia
$40,900
Florida
$40,530
Wisconsin
$40,280
North Dakota
$40,030
Nebraska
$39,650
New York
$39,430
Iowa
$39,290
North Carolina
$39,220
Utah
$39,100
Massachusetts
$38,740
Ohio
$38,450
Illinois
$38,310
Kentucky
$38,310
Tennessee
$37,770
Wyoming
$37,520
Guam
$35,520
Vermont
$35,130
Montana
$35,120
Louisiana
$35,050
Indiana
$34,050
Alaska
$32,970
District of Columbia
$32,220
Hawaii
$29,610
Virgin Islands
$22,710
Puerto Rico
$18,250


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