Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
2,255,780 0.9 % $10.41 $21,650 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.67 $7.76 $9.58 $12.14 $15.74
Annual Wage (2) $13,870 $16,130 $19,930 $25,260 $32,730

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 475,680 $8.39 $17,460 1 258
Couriers 113,640 $11.93 $24,820 2 66
Warehousing and storage 102,260 $11.81 $24,560 3 74
Building material and supplies dealers 61,030 $10.09 $20,990 4 175
General freight trucking 59,670 $13.54 $28,170 5 22

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Metal ore mining 280 $17.92 $37,270 223 1
Power generation and supply 2,400 $17.70 $36,810 131 2
Other pipeline transportation 250 $17.52 $36,440 226 3
Coal mining 1,990 $16.76 $34,870 147 4
Support activities for water transportation 15,930 $16.14 $33,570 21 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 66,600 $10.23 $21,270 2.548% 608
Alabama 46,270 $9.48 $19,720 2.542% 594
Nevada 26,190 $11.46 $23,840 2.459% 517
South Carolina 43,010 $9.81 $20,410 2.438% 564
Illinois 139,540 $10.01 $20,810 2.420% 675

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 4,420 $13.57 $28,230 1.512% 395
Connecticut 19,940 $12.47 $25,930 1.216% 527
Hawaii 5,510 $12.40 $25,790 0.996% 396
Michigan 68,540 $12.30 $25,590 1.580% 581
Minnesota 33,670 $12.30 $25,580 1.295% 579

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
Anniston, AL MSA 1,970 $10.81 $22,490 4.301%
Yolo, CA PMSA 3,680 $12.52 $26,050 4.177%
Laredo, TX MSA 2,980 $7.93 $16,490 3.986%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 8,810 $9.98 $20,760 3.648%
Florence, AL MSA 1,720 $9.40 $19,560 3.417%

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 2,460 $14.43 $30,010 1.418%
Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle, PA MSA 6,400 $14.34 $29,820 1.805%
Flint, MI PMSA 2,600 $14.33 $29,820 1.617%
Gary, IN PMSA 4,350 $13.65 $28,400 1.745%
Anchorage, AK MSA 2,270 $13.50 $28,070 1.649%

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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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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: May 7, 2004

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