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Freight Forwarder Average Salary in United Arab Emirates 2023

How much money does a Freight Forwarder make in United Arab Emirates?

Average Monthly Salary
6,570 AED
( 78,900 AED yearly)


A person working as a Freight Forwarder in United Arab Emirates typically earns around 6,570 AED per month. Salaries range from 3,290 AED (lowest) to 10,200 AED (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Freight Forwarder salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Freight Forwarder Salary Distribution in United Arab Emirates

Median and salary distribution monthly United Arab Emirates Freight Forwarder
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Freight Forwarder salaries in United Arab Emirates range from 3,290 AED per month (minimum salary) to 10,200 AED per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 6,570 AED per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Freight Forwarder(s) are earning less than 6,570 AED while the other half are earning more than 6,570 AED. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Freight Forwarder(s) are earning less than 4,440 AED while 75% of them are earning more than 4,440 AED. Also from the diagram, 75% of Freight Forwarder(s) are earning less than 8,380 AED while 25% are earning more than 8,380 AED.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Freight Forwarder Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Freight Forwarder salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Freight Forwarder with less than two years of experience makes approximately 3,940 AED per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 5,220 AED per month, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 6,980 AED per month, 34% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Freight Forwarder(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 8,320 AED per month, 19% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 8,980 AED per month, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 9,640 AED per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Freight Forwarder average salary change by experience in United Arab Emirates

0 - 2 Years
3,940 AED
2 - 5 Years+32%
5,220 AED
5 - 10 Years+34%
6,980 AED
10 - 15 Years+19%
8,320 AED
15 - 20 Years+8%
8,980 AED
20+ Years+7%
9,640 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Freight Forwarder Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Freight Forwarder(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Freight Forwarder salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Freight Forwarder is 5,220 AED per month.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 7,290 AED per month, 40% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 9,080 AED per month, 25% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Freight Forwarder average salary difference by education level in United Arab Emirates

High School
5,220 AED
Certificate or Diploma+40%
7,290 AED
Bachelor's Degree+25%
9,080 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Freight Forwarder Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Freight Forwarder employees in United Arab Emirates earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

6,720 AED
6,410 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Arab Emirates for all Careers

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Freight Forwarder Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Arab Emirates

How much are annual salary increments in United Arab Emirates for Freight Forwarder(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Freight Forwarder

Freight Forwarder(s) in United Arab Emirates are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

United Arab Emirates / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in United Arab Emirates is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Arab Emirates for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Freight Forwarder Bonus and Incentive Rates in United Arab Emirates

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Arab Emirates Freight Forwarder
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A Freight Forwarder is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

71% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 29% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Freight Forwarder Average Hourly Wage in United Arab Emirates

38 AED per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Arab Emirates is 38 AED. This means that the average Freight Forwarder in United Arab Emirates earns approximately 38 AED for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Freight Forwarder VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Freight Forwarder and Import and Export monthly United Arab Emirates
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The average salary for Freight Forwarder is 59% less than that of Import and Export. Also, Import and Export salaries are 19% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Customs Controller12,500 AED+90%
Expeditor11,700 AED+78%
Export Administrator17,400 AED+160%
Export Controller12,600 AED+92%
Export Services Manager27,100 AED+310%
Exports Sales Manager31,800 AED+380%
Freight Forwarder6,570 AED-0%
Global Forwarding Agent13,500 AED+110%
Import and Export Clerk5,740 AED-13%
Import and Export Consultant25,800 AED+290%
Import and Export Manager30,400 AED+360%
Import Coordinator10,500 AED+60%
Import Customs Specialist12,600 AED+92%
Import Logistics Specialist15,200 AED+130%
Importation Supervisor20,200 AED+210%
Inspector10,600 AED+61%
Logistic Executive14,900 AED+130%
Logistician7,090 AED+8%
Logistics Administrator16,300 AED+150%
Logistics Analyst15,900 AED+140%
Marine Cargo Inspector9,310 AED+42%
Shipping Officer6,380 AED-3%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Abu Dhabi7,030 AED
Ajman5,970 AED
Al Ain6,520 AED
Dubai6,670 AED
Fujairah5,830 AED
Ras Al Khaimah6,160 AED
Sharjah6,460 AED
Um Al Quiwain5,880 AED

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in United Arab Emirates earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
18,900 AED
Public Sector+6%
20,100 AED
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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