Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
77,480 2.9 % $21.14 $43,960 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.42 $15.13 $19.89 $25.09 $31.70
Annual Wage (2) $23,760 $31,470 $41,380 $52,190 $65,930


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 41,170 21.22 $21.56 $44,850
Scheduled Air Transportation 8,410 2.07 $20.41 $42,450
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 5,530 1.08 $20.27 $42,150
General Freight Trucking 4,760 0.50 $21.14 $43,960
Support Activities for Air Transportation 3,960 2.28 $14.95 $31,090

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 41,170 21.22 $21.56 $44,850
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 1,290 3.23 $23.95 $49,820
Support Activities for Air Transportation 3,960 2.28 $14.95 $31,090
Support Activities for Water Transportation 2,050 2.16 $37.08 $77,130
Scheduled Air Transportation 8,410 2.07 $20.41 $42,450

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 2,050 2.16 $37.08 $77,130
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 290 0.01 $25.95 $53,980
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers 160 0.02 $25.66 $53,370
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 1,290 3.23 $23.95 $49,820
Rail Transportation 280 0.12 $22.29 $46,360


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 11,430 0.76 1.32 $22.57 $46,940
Texas 9,810 0.87 1.52 $20.25 $42,120
Florida 7,630 1.00 1.74 $19.09 $39,710
New York 5,520 0.63 1.09 $21.14 $43,970
Illinois 5,480 0.95 1.66 $23.07 $47,990



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 1,240 3.82 6.65 $17.79 $37,010
Florida 7,630 1.00 1.74 $19.09 $39,710
Illinois 5,480 0.95 1.66 $23.07 $47,990
Texas 9,810 0.87 1.52 $20.25 $42,120
Nevada 1,000 0.84 1.47 $17.42 $36,230



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 650 0.39 0.68 $31.30 $65,100
Washington 1,820 0.63 1.10 $25.41 $52,860
New Hampshire 60 0.10 0.18 $25.29 $52,590
Oregon 1,040 0.62 1.08 $24.03 $49,980
Alabama 590 0.32 0.55 $23.81 $49,520




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 6,990 1.72 3.01 $23.12 $48,090
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,880 1.30 2.27 $23.29 $48,440
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,580 0.66 1.16 $22.08 $45,930
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 3,270 3.12 5.44 $17.74 $36,900
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,410 0.85 1.48 $21.77 $45,280
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,910 3.22 5.61 $18.96 $39,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,830 0.77 1.34 $20.58 $42,810
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,260 0.84 1.47 $24.84 $51,670
Laredo, TX 1,170 12.46 21.73 $15.21 $31,640
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,100 0.84 1.47 $18.31 $38,080



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 1,170 12.46 21.73 $15.21 $31,640
Anchorage, AK 770 4.39 7.65 $17.69 $36,790
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,910 3.22 5.61 $18.96 $39,440
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 3,270 3.12 5.44 $17.74 $36,900
Fairbanks, AK 100 2.83 4.94 (8) (8)
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, SC 680 2.20 3.84 (8) (8)
Savannah, GA 320 2.08 3.63 $23.39 $48,640
El Centro, CA 100 1.78 3.11 $13.40 $27,860
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 6,990 1.72 3.01 $23.12 $48,090
Gainesville, GA 120 1.52 2.65 $22.27 $46,310



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 290 0.70 1.21 $39.40 $81,960
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 220 0.82 1.43 $31.75 $66,040
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $29.54 $61,450
Stockton, CA 50 0.23 0.40 $29.17 $60,680
Trenton-Ewing, NJ (8) (8) (8) $28.58 $59,440
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.51 0.89 $27.66 $57,540
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 120 0.24 0.42 $26.55 $55,220
Ocala, FL 50 0.51 0.90 $26.43 $54,980
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 290 0.34 0.59 $25.62 $53,300
Mobile, AL 190 1.11 1.93 $25.51 $53,060

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 2.92 5.09 $17.96 $37,370
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.49 0.86 $16.78 $34,900
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 140 4.10 7.16 $17.75 $36,910
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 120 0.67 1.16 $19.23 $40,000
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 1.17 2.05 $18.29 $38,050

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 140 4.10 7.16 $17.75 $36,910
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 220 2.92 5.09 $17.96 $37,370
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area 110 1.17 2.05 $18.29 $38,050
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 80 1.04 1.81 $18.77 $39,050
Western Montana nonmetropolitan area 60 0.88 1.54 $12.10 $25,170

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)
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.21 0.36 $27.14 $56,440
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $24.50 $50,960
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.16 0.28 $24.01 $49,950
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 0.63 $23.64 $49,180
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 0.33 0.57 $23.40 $48,670


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015