Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

53-7121 Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders

Load and unload chemicals and bulk solids, such as coal, sand, and grain into or from tank cars, trucks, or ships using material moving equipment. May perform a variety of other tasks relating to shipment of products. May gauge or sample shipping tanks and test them for leaks.

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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)
16,960 5.3 % $17.03 $35,420 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.52 $11.83 $15.63 $21.81 $27.38
Annual Wage (2) $19,810 $24,600 $32,500 $45,360 $56,940

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
Support activities for water transportation 3,930 $24.11 $50,160 1 1
General freight trucking 3,150 $15.05 $31,310 2 21
Warehousing and storage 1,040 $16.05 $33,380 3 19
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 930 $16.20 $33,690 4 18
Basic chemical manufacturing 790 $20.13 $41,880 5 3

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Support activities for water transportation 3,930 $24.11 $50,160 1 1
Power generation and supply 110 $20.32 $42,270 26 2
Basic chemical manufacturing 790 $20.13 $41,880 5 3
Lumber and const. supply merchant wholesalers (6) $19.45 $40,450 (6) 4
Soap, cleaning compound, and toiletry mfg. 60 $19.19 $39,910 32 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
West Virginia 420 $16.13 $33,550 0.062% 248
Delaware 130 $13.98 $29,080 0.032% 323
California 3,470 $17.92 $37,270 0.024% 370
Kansas 290 $13.31 $27,690 0.022% 379
Indiana 620 $14.50 $30,170 0.022% 395

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Washington 530 $23.58 $49,040 0.021% 203
Massachusetts 70 $21.17 $44,040 0.002% 258
New Jersey 550 $19.64 $40,850 0.014% 325
Oregon 310 $19.15 $39,840 0.020% 223
Florida 1,290 $18.34 $38,140 0.018% 255

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
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH MSA 270 $15.67 $32,590 0.235%
Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV MSA 70 $12.65 $26,320 0.146%
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX MSA 140 $15.26 $31,740 0.093%
Stockton-Lodi, CA MSA 170 $13.52 $28,130 0.084%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 1,440 $19.86 $41,310 0.036%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 180 $22.95 $47,730 0.014%
Newark, NJ PMSA (6) $22.80 $47,430 (6)
Jacksonville, FL MSA (6) $21.86 $45,470 (6)
Houston, TX PMSA 680 $20.51 $42,670 0.033%
Portland-Vancouver, OR-WA PMSA 250 $20.36 $42,350 0.027%

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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).

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(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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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