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Working As A Freight Agent

  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $65,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Freight Agent does

  • Export documentation, AES/SED filings, tracking and tracing, and invoicing.
  • Utilized TMS and other freight management tools.
  • Managed acceptance of shipments from customers and performed data entry.
  • Attach address labels, identification codes, and shipping instructions to containers.
  • Handled Import and Export Documentation Answered the telephones Arranged files Tracked cargo shipment Handled the Virgin's account
  • Prepared manifests showing numbers of airplane passengers and baggage, mail, and freight weights, transmitting data to destinations.
  • Maintained general control for compliance with TSA requirements.
  • Placed bids on freight through numerous load boards .
  • Entered data entry in computer system.
  • Open cargo containers and unwrap contents, using steel cutters, crowbars, or other hand tools.
  • Operated LOGMOD AIR and LOGMOD GROUND logistics data entry suite and associated programs.
  • Received and dispatched general goods as well as dangerous goods shipments.
  • Tracked packages * Answered multiple phone calls * Scheduled orders
  • Negotiate with freight carriers and handle customer questions.
  • Verify and maintain records on incoming and outgoing shipments.
  • Build customer base and search resources for loads.
  • Match freight with either a Landstar BCO or an approved carrier.
  • Handled time-sensitive freight, general goods, hazardous materials, and government shipments.
  • Assist in development of company wide pricing initiatives for new accounts regardless of source generation.
  • Complied at all times with SOX, USDA, FDA, DOT and U.S. Customs guidelines and regulations.

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Average Yearly Salary
$65,000
Show Salaries
$29,000
Min 10%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$145,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Accenture Federal Services
Highest Paying City
Minneapolis, MN
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Freight Agent make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Freight Agent in the United States is $65,682 per year or $32 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $29,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $145,000.

Real Freight Agent Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cargo and Freight Agents Blue Water Shipping Us, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Apr 02, 2014 $58,979
Cargo and Freight Agents Wizard DPR Electronics Inc. New York, NY Aug 05, 2014 $53,061
Cargo and Freight Agent Nissin International Transport U.S.A., Inc. Torrance, CA Dec 21, 2010 $52,437
Air Freight Agent DHL Air Express International USA, Inc. D/B/A/DHL Humble, TX Sep 15, 2013 $52,333
Cargo and Freight Agents USA Intercargo, LLC Savannah, GA Jun 01, 2014 $52,229
Cargo and Freight Agents USA Intercargo, LLC Savannah, GA Jul 01, 2014 $52,229
Cargo and Freight Agent Blue Water Shipping Us, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL Sep 02, 2010 $52,000
Cargo and Freight Agents ETF Services Inc. New York, NY Apr 09, 2014 $50,835
Cargo & Freight Agents Lavinstar Logistics, Inc. Iselin, NJ Dec 03, 2010 $50,000 -
$58,000
Cargo and Freight Agents Nissin International Transport U.S.A., Inc. NY Jun 07, 2012 $49,629
Cargo and Freight Agents Leschaco, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 20, 2013 $48,693
Cargo & Freight Agents M&M Cargo Line, Inc. Iselin, NJ Apr 17, 2009 $47,208 -
$52,175
Cargo and Freight Agents Hy International Corporation Great Falls, VA Feb 02, 2010 $46,218
Cargo and Freight Agents Nippon Express USA Dulles Town Center, VA Jan 28, 2010 $46,218
Cargo & Freight Agents Booheung Industrial USA, Inc. Irvine, CA Nov 05, 2009 $45,163
Cargo and Freight Agent Am Worldwide, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 24, 2008 $45,000
Cargo and Freight Agents Nippon Express USA Dulles Town Center, VA May 01, 2008 $45,000
Cargo and Freight Agents Korea Express USA Inc. Bolingbrook, IL Jan 04, 2013 $40,851
Cargo & Freight Agents Unitrans International COR.Poration Inglewood, CA Dec 21, 2007 $39,653
Cargo and Freight Agents Z Transportation, Inc. Wayne, NJ Feb 03, 2010 $38,776
Cargo & Freight Agents Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Broussard, LA Jan 08, 2008 $38,334
Cargo and Freight Agent OEC Freight (Ny), Inc. NY Sep 27, 2011 $38,000
Cargo & Freight Agents Mega Shipping & Forwarding, Ltd. New York, NY May 12, 2009 $37,566
Cargo and Freight Agents Mega Shipping & Forwarding, Ltd. New York, NY Sep 08, 2015 $37,000
Cargo and Freight Agents Worldwide Logistics, Ltd. Maywood, NJ Oct 01, 2014 $37,000

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Top Skills for A Freight Agent

  1. Cargo Contents
  2. Freight Carriers
  3. Logistics
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Checked import/export documentation to determine cargo contents, and classify goods using coding system.
  • Developed relationships with national freight carriers.
  • Direct inbound and outbound logistics operations, such as transportation or warehouse activities, safety performance, and logistics quality management.
  • Transferred from customer service to cargo for the additional challenge and better advancement opportunities.
  • Tracked packages * Answered multiple phone calls * Scheduled orders

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Top 10 Best States for Freight Agents

  1. Maine
  2. Vermont
  3. New Hampshire
  4. New Jersey
  5. Connecticut
  6. Rhode Island
  7. North Dakota
  8. Arkansas
  9. Minnesota
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Freight Agent Demographics

Gender

Male

53.3%

Female

35.4%

Unknown

11.3%
Ethnicity

White

59.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.6%

French

12.1%

Chinese

6.1%

Mandarin

6.1%

German

3.0%

Cantonese

3.0%

Japanese

3.0%

Carrier

3.0%

Russian

3.0%

Tamil

3.0%
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Freight Agent Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.8%

Ashford University

10.9%

Illinois Central College

6.3%

Georgia Southern University

4.7%

Central Piedmont Community College

4.7%

American University

4.7%

Texas State University

4.7%

Kaplan University

4.7%

University of Houston

4.7%

LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York

4.7%

Northwest College

3.1%

DeVry College of New York

3.1%

College of DuPage

3.1%

Miami Dade College

3.1%

East Los Angeles College

3.1%

Christopher Newport University

3.1%

William Jewell College

3.1%

University of Dubuque

3.1%

Saint Augustine's University

3.1%

Dutchess Community College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

35.2%

Accounting

7.0%

General Studies

6.5%

Supply Chain Management

5.7%

Criminal Justice

5.2%

Political Science

3.9%

Liberal Arts

3.5%

Health Care Administration

3.5%

Communication

3.5%

Marketing

3.5%

Small Business Management

2.6%

Psychology

2.6%

Finance

2.6%

Nursing

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Management

2.2%

Legal Support Services

2.2%

Information Technology

2.2%

Sociology

2.2%

International Business

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.0%

Other

32.1%

Associate

15.2%

Masters

9.3%

Certificate

6.5%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.6%
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