How Much Do Cargo and Freight Agents Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Cargo and Freight Agents

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.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$47170 per year
Hourly wage
$23 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$27,780 to $34,400 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$13 to $17 per hour

Entry-level Cargo and Freight Agents with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $27,780 to $34,400 per year or $13 to $17 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Cargo and Freight Agents to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $34 $69,890
Senior (Top 25%) $27 $56,060
Middle (Mid 50%) $21 $43,770
Junior (Bottom 25%) $17 $34,400
No experience (Bottom 10%) $13 $27,780

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
RI $28 $57,580
MN $27 $56,250
NY $26 $54,810
ME $26 $54,420
MT $25 $52,980
SD $25 $52,170
NH $25 $51,870
WA $25 $51,000
OR $24 $50,320
LA $24 $49,840

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Cargo and Freight Agent is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like RI doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at RI might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Cargo and Freight Agents are in the states of RI, MN, NY, ME and MT.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Office Administrative Services $58700 $28.22
Support Activities for Water Transportation $58480 $28.12
Federal Executive Branch $58310 $28.03
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $57370 $27.58
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $54480 $26.19
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation $52770 $25.37
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $51420 $24.72
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $50900 $24.47
Chemical Manufacturing $50560 $24.31
Rail Transportation $50420 $24.24
Other Support Activities for Transportation $49750 $23.92
Inland Water Transportation $49690 $23.89
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $49490 $23.79
Freight Transportation Arrangement $49110 $23.61
Local Government $48090 $23.12
Truck Transportation $47420 $22.80
Management of Companies and Enterprises $46480 $22.35
Couriers and Express Delivery Services $46010 $22.12
Scheduled Air Transportation $46000 $22.12
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $44750 $21.52
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $44410 $21.35
Warehousing and Storage $43950 $21.13
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $43490 $20.91
Local Messengers and Local Delivery $39870 $19.17
Employment Services $39710 $19.09
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $39320 $18.91
Support Activities for Road Transportation $38590 $18.55
Animal Slaughtering and Processing $38070 $18.30
Support Activities for Air Transportation $38010 $18.27
Nonscheduled Air Transportation $34570 $16.62

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