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Freight Forwarder Salary (United States)

A Freight Forwarder earns an average salary of $37,653 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.
Freight Forwarder Salary (?
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$29,150 - $60,467
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MEDIAN: $37,653
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Freight Forwarder Salary (?
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$12.36 - $21.02
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,150 - $60,467  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,171  
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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$28,609 - $54,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.36 - $21.02  
   
Overtime
$6.85 - $32.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,171  
   
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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$28,609 - $54,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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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National Average
$38,000
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Experience Affects Freight Forwarder Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 19%
Mid-Career
up arrow 8%
National Average
$38,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
49%
female alumni
 
Male
51%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 22%