Salary for Freight and Cargo Inspectors

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Freight and cargo inspectors inspect and handle goods associated with the handling, storage and stowing of cargoes and freights. This occupation may be dangerous depending on the goods that are inspected. To become a freight and cargo inspector, one must first earn a bachelor's degree. Before beginning official work, several years of formal on-the-job training may be required.

A Freight or Cargo Inspector will normally receive wages that can range from 40000 - 60000 based on tenure level. Freight and Cargo Inspectors usually get a wage of Fifty Five Thousand Three Hundred dollars every year.

Freight and Cargo Inspectors make the highest salary in the District of Columbia, which has an average pay rate of close to $93530. These employees can obtain the highest salaries in Public Administration, where they can get average job salaries of $76060.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 6.76 percent nationwide in that time.


Freight and Cargo Inspectors tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Public Administration
Retail Trade
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Transportation and Warehousing

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
Wholesale Trade
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Transportation and Warehousing
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services