Cargo & freight agents

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
25k
Average Age
41.8
Estimated Job Growth
5.56%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$43,419
Average Male Salary
$44,743
Average Female Salary
$40,961

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Cargo & freight agents and on wages and locations for those in the field. Air transportation is the industry that employs the most Cargo & freight agents, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Cargo & freight agents, by average wage, is Truck transportation. Cargo & freight agents are paid most in Bloomingdale (South), Wayne & Winfield (North) Townships PUMA, IL but are relatively concentrated in Jacksonville City PUMA, NC.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$43,419
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,610

In 2020, Cargo & freight agents earned an average of $43,419, $12,535 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Miscellaneous office & administrative support workers, including desktop publishers make somewhat more than Cargo & freight agents while Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Cargo & freight agents as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.315
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Cargo & freight agents had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.315, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Cargo & freight agents (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Cargo & freight agents.

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Industries

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Cargo & freight agents, by average wage, are Truck transportation, Industrial & miscellaneous chemicals, and Aircraft & parts manufacturing.

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Industries by Share

25k
2020 Workforce
± 3,878
9.06%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 20.6%

The number of people employed as Cargo & freight agents has been growing at a rate of 9.06%, from 22,887 people in 2019 to 24,960 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Cargo & freight agents employed by various industries. Air transportation employs the largest share of Cargo & freight agents at  25.4%, followed by Services incidental to transportation with 25.4% and Truck transportation with 4.54%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Cargo & freight agents in the US. The average age of male Cargo & freight agents in the workforce is 42 and of female Cargo & freight agents is 41.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Cargo & freight agents is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

16.2k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,127
8.74k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,295

65% of Cargo & freight agents are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Cargo & freight agents.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Cargo & freight agents
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

52% of Cargo & freight agents are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 14.6% of Cargo & freight agents, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Cargo & freight agents.

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Age by Sex

42
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.85
41.4
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 3.52

The median age of Cargo & freight agents is 41.8, and Male employees are generally 0.645 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Cargo & freight agents from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Cargo & freight agents is Business but a relatively high number of Cargo & freight agents hold a major in Protective Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Cargo & freight agents from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Cargo & freight agents need many skills, but most especially Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Cargo & freight agents need more than the average amount of Management of Financial Resources, Management of Material Resources, and Negotiation.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Cargo and Freight Agents from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Cargo and Freight Agents are expected to see a growth of 5.56% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Cargo and Freight Agents.
5.56%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Cargo and Freight Agents. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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