Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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)
16,210 4.7 % $17.13 $35,630 2.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.75 $12.21 $15.90 $21.28 $27.20
Annual Wage (2) $20,280 $25,400 $33,060 $44,270 $56,580

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
General freight trucking 3,740 $15.38 $31,990 1 20
Support activities for water transportation 2,920 $24.83 $51,650 2 1
Warehousing and storage 1,410 $17.31 $36,010 3 12
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 800 $15.73 $32,720 4 19
Basic chemical manufacturing 710 $20.35 $42,320 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 2,920 $24.83 $51,650 2 1
Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills 90 $20.58 $42,810 23 2
Basic chemical manufacturing 710 $20.35 $42,320 5 3
Power generation and supply 160 $19.52 $40,590 17 4
Chemical merchant wholesalers (6) $18.97 $39,450 (6) 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 380 $16.26 $33,820 0.056% 278
Washington 840 $21.15 $44,000 0.033% 296
Wyoming 70 $22.13 $46,030 0.029% 103
Indiana 720 $15.04 $31,270 0.025% 411
Texas 2,200 $17.27 $35,920 0.024% 321

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Connecticut (6) $22.79 $47,400 (6) 223
Wyoming 70 $22.13 $46,030 0.029% 103
Alaska 40 $22.11 $45,990 0.014% 201
Washington 840 $21.15 $44,000 0.033% 296
Massachusetts 80 $20.07 $41,750 0.003% 310

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
Tacoma, WA PMSA 310 $23.08 $48,000 0.132%
Brazoria, TX PMSA 70 $14.10 $29,330 0.093%
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX MSA 120 $16.06 $33,410 0.078%
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA PMSA 740 $17.87 $37,160 0.068%
Pensacola, FL MSA 90 $21.26 $44,220 0.059%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Boston, MA-NH PMSA (6) $25.87 $53,800 (6)
Newark, NJ PMSA (6) $23.09 $48,020 (6)
Tacoma, WA PMSA 310 $23.08 $48,000 0.132%
Pensacola, FL MSA 90 $21.26 $44,220 0.059%
Houston, TX PMSA 860 $20.65 $42,960 0.042%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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