Freight Forwarder Salary

A Freight Forwarder earns an average salary of $38,675 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.

$29,290 - $62,155
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$62K
MEDIAN: $38,675
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50%
90%

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$10.77 - $20.89
(Median)
$11
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,290 - $62,155  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,106  
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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$27,272 - $58,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $20.89  
   
Overtime
$7.10 - $33.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,106  
   
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).
)
$27,272 - $58,271  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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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 48%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 25%
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