Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

Manually move freight, stock, or other materials or perform other unskilled general labor. Include all unskilled manual laborers not elsewhere classified. Exclude "Material Moving Workers" (53-7011 through 53-7199) who use power equipment. Exclude "Construction Laborers" (47-2061) and "Construction Trades Helpers" (47-3011 through 47-3019).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
2,217,590 1.1 % $10.32 $21,460 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.64 $7.69 $9.48 $11.94 $15.49
Annual Wage (2) $13,820 $15,990 $19,710 $24,830 $32,220

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Employment services 464,910 $8.21 $17,070 1 261
Couriers 118,880 $11.69 $24,320 2 75
Warehousing and storage 98,910 $11.62 $24,160 3 80
Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers 68,600 $11.57 $24,070 4 84
General freight trucking 61,480 $13.70 $28,490 5 16

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Coal mining 1,470 $18.29 $38,050 171 1
Other pipeline transportation 180 $18.13 $37,710 238 2
Power generation and supply 2,200 $18.07 $37,580 142 3
Metal ore mining 340 $17.38 $36,140 230 4
Support activities for water transportation 14,510 $16.20 $33,700 24 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Tennessee 67,210 $9.89 $20,580 2.568% 577
Illinois 139,730 $9.88 $20,550 2.411% 626
Alabama 43,500 $9.51 $19,780 2.391% 546
South Carolina 40,070 $9.82 $20,420 2.280% 553
Ohio 118,190 $11.05 $22,990 2.207% 570

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 4,320 $13.14 $27,330 1.507% 360
Hawaii 5,470 $12.64 $26,300 0.994% 370
Connecticut 20,320 $12.09 $25,150 1.238% 498
Michigan 67,730 $11.86 $24,670 1.554% 544
Minnesota 35,070 $11.77 $24,470 1.348% 544

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Yolo, CA PMSA 3,930 $12.60 $26,210 4.448%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 9,450 $9.73 $20,230 3.872%
Laredo, TX MSA 2,570 $7.76 $16,150 3.586%
Anniston, AL MSA 1,540 $10.11 $21,030 3.305%
Memphis, TN-AR-MS MSA 18,280 $10.08 $20,970 3.240%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Saginaw-Bay City-Midland, MI MSA 2,120 $14.23 $29,600 1.246%
Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, PA MSA 7,410 $13.69 $28,470 2.100%
Flint, MI PMSA 2,450 $13.63 $28,340 1.490%
Gary, IN PMSA 4,010 $13.49 $28,050 1.622%
Anchorage, AK MSA 2,180 $13.01 $27,060 1.591%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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