A Freight Forwarder earns an average salary of $40,672 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.

$29,277 - $71,438
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$71K
MEDIAN: $40,672
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90%

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$10.24 - $20.04
(Median)
$10
$16
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,277 - $71,438  
   
Bonus
$964 - $6,082  
Commission
$2,500  
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).
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$25,774 - $64,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.24 - $20.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.16  
Overtime
$15.98 - $30.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$964 - $6,082  
   
Commission
$2,500  
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).
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$25,774 - $64,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 69
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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.

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Freight Forwarder Tasks

  • Inspect equipment to prevent damage or injury.
  • Load and unload cargo from pallets and containers.
  • Communicate with customers picking up or dropping off cargo.
  • Perform freight transfers.

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Pay by Experience Level for Freight Forwarder

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Freight Forwarder Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 58%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Freight Forwarder Salaries

Export Compliance
up arrow 5%

Shipping
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$39,000

Logistics
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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