Freight Forwarder Salary
A Freight Forwarder earns an average salary of $41,112 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.
|Salary||$29,385 - $70,109|
|Bonus||$515 - $6,020|
|Total Pay (|
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).)
|$26,221 - $64,061|
|Hourly Rate||$10.93 - $20.12|
|Overtime||$16.39 - $31.13|
|Bonus||$515 - $6,020|
|Total Pay (||$26,221 - $64,061|
Job Description for Freight Forwarder
Freight forwarders are responsible for organizing and coordinating the transport of cargo from its point of origin to a specified end location. The freight forwarder manages contracts with manufacturers and uses all acceptable forms of transportation (such as trucks, ships, and airplanes) to ensure delivery is as quick and cost-efficient as possible. Freight forwarders are expected to negotiate for the most cost-effective carriers to move the cargo safely and efficiently; it is common for a forwarder to propose a bid to carriers to find the most suitable one to start the shipping process.Read More...
Freight forwarders generally work full time in an office setting, although they may also work in manufacturing locations where cargo is held. Many employers start new forwarders with on-the-job training to familiarize them with negotiation tactics, preferred route management, and various company policies. New hires frequently shadow a seasoned employee as well; additionally, they are evaluated on performance and standards regularly.
A freight forwarder generally must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent; however, many companies prefer a postsecondary degree in a relevant field. Good basic math skills and proficiency with basic computer programs are needed, and excellent communication skills are required as well. Geographic knowledge of relevant areas is beneficial.
Freight Forwarder Tasks
- Communicate with customers picking up or dropping off cargo.
- Perform freight transfers.
- Inspect equipment to prevent damage or injury.
- Load and unload cargo from pallets and containers.
Pay by Experience Level for Freight Forwarder
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
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