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Working as a Freight Dispatcher

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a freight dispatcher. For example, did you know that they make an average of $18.49 an hour? That's $38,450 a year!

What Does a Freight Dispatcher Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a freight dispatcher, we found that a lot of resumes listed 28.6% of freight dispatchers included load boards, while 7.1% of resumes included dot, and 6.7% of resumes included shippers. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the freight dispatcher job title. But what industry to start with? Most freight dispatchers actually find jobs in the transportation and manufacturing industries.

How To Become a Freight Dispatcher

If you're interested in becoming a freight dispatcher, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 34.7% of freight dispatchers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 3.2% of freight dispatchers have master's degrees. Even though some freight dispatchers have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a freight dispatcher. When we researched the most common majors for a freight dispatcher, we found that they most commonly earn high school diploma degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on freight dispatcher resumes include associate degree degrees or master's degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a freight dispatcher. In fact, many freight dispatcher jobs require experience in a role such as dispatcher. Meanwhile, many freight dispatchers also have previous career experience in roles such as customer service representative or cashier.

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Average Salary$38,450

Freight Dispatcher Jobs

Average Salary for a Freight Dispatcher

Freight Dispatchers in America make an average salary of $38,450 per year or $18 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $63,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $23,000 per year.
Average Salary
$38,450

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Freight Dispatcher
Freight Dispatcher
Adecco Staffing
Adecco Staffing
06/25/2020
06/25/2020
$33,39206/25/2020
$33,392
Freight and Logistics Dispatchers
Freight and Logistics Dispatchers
Robert Half
Robert Half
03/13/2020
03/13/2020
$37,56603/13/2020
$37,566
Freight Dispatcher
Freight Dispatcher
Robert Half
Robert Half
12/19/2019
12/19/2019
$31,30512/19/2019
$31,305
Freight Dispatcher
Freight Dispatcher
Robert Half
Robert Half
12/12/2019
12/12/2019
$32,87012/12/2019
$32,870
Freight Dispatcher
Freight Dispatcher
Robert Half
Robert Half
10/10/2019
10/10/2019
$37,56610/10/2019
$37,566

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Freight Dispatcher Demographics

Gender

male

59.8 %

female

35.1 %

unknown

5.2 %

Ethnicity

White

66.5 %

Hispanic or Latino

16.7 %

Black or African American

10.1 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.5 %

Carrier

25.0 %

French

12.5 %
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Freight Dispatcher Education

Majors

Business
45.5 %

Degrees

High School Diploma

37.9 %

Bachelors

34.7 %

Associate

14.7 %

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Top Freight Dispatcher Employers

1. Robert Half International
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$45,832
Freight Dispatchers Hired: 
4+
2. UPS
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$33,651
Freight Dispatchers Hired: 
4+
3. Harte Hanks
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$32,021
Freight Dispatchers Hired: 
3+
4. Holman Distribution Ctr
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$36,765
Freight Dispatchers Hired: 
2+
5. Mid-City Electric/Technologies
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$45,549
Freight Dispatchers Hired: 
2+
6. Henry Industries
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$35,870
Freight Dispatchers Hired: 
1+

Recently Added Freight Dispatcher Jobs

Updated October 2, 2020