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Are freight brokers regulated?

Brokers are unique to the transportation industry. They do not operate trucks or employ drivers but play a role in the shipment of a variety of commodities. Brokers engaged in interstate commerce are regulated by FMCSA and are subject to several Federal statutes and regulations, in particular 49 CFR §371.

Do you need a license to broker freight?

Before you start operating in the field, you need to get a freight broker license from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The licensing is also referred to as obtaining your Motor Carrier Operating Authority or (MC Authority). When it’s issued, it gets posted on the Register page of the FMCSA.

Can you work from home as a freight broker?

Yes, freight brokers can work from home.

What percentage does a freight broker take?

Individual brokers are paid on commission, and so their incentive is to maximize how much they charge shippers and minimize what they pass on to carriers. An average brokerage fee ranges from 15% to 20%, though the numbers can go much higher than that. This translates to higher costs passed onto the shipper.

Does a freight broker need a MC number?

Brokers are required to have an MC Number in addition to the USDOT Number. A BOC 3, list of Process Agents, and a UCR, Unified Carrier Registration is also required and may be added later (see “Complete Packages” below).

How much does a freight broker make?

The national average salary for a freight broker in the United States is $62,105 per year, with an average additional compensation of $28,000 per year for commissions. Many factors influence the salary of a freight broker, especially location.

How many hours do freight brokers work?

Some work in an office setting, as well. Work Schedule: Many freight brokers set their own hours, deciding when and how much they work. They create their individual work-life balance around shipping and carrier schedules. If in an office setting, they may work typical office hours (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

What is the average commission for a freight broker?

13% to 15%
What is the average freight broker commission? According to a freight brokerage compensation survey conducted by FreightWaves in 2019, the median entry-level salary for a freight broker is $40,000 per year with an average commission of 13% to 15% of gross margin on loads.

How much do freight brokers make off each load?

General freight brokers get paid per load, which generally amounts to around 25 to 35% of the load, though this amount can be even higher depending on the broker.