Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

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)
2,390,910 0.8 % $10.53 $21,910 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.72 $7.82 $9.67 $12.38 $16.02
Annual Wage (2) $13,980 $16,270 $20,120 $25,740 $33,310

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 services 536,410 $8.69 $18,080
Couriers 115,260 $11.97 $24,900
Warehousing and storage 113,790 $12.10 $25,170
Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers 75,910 $11.66 $24,260
Building material and supplies dealers 62,590 $10.01 $20,830

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Metal ore mining 180 $18.43 $38,330
Support activities for water transportation 18,150 $18.02 $37,490
Wired telecommunications carriers 260 $17.58 $36,570
Coal mining 2,080 $16.85 $35,060
Pipeline transportation of crude oil 50 $16.48 $34,280

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
Nevada 30,860 $11.32 $23,540 2.763%
Tennessee 70,780 $10.24 $21,290 2.687%
Illinois 149,260 $10.24 $21,290 2.610%
Ohio 130,500 $11.17 $23,230 2.458%
South Carolina 42,690 $10.04 $20,880 2.408%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Alaska 3,530 $13.33 $27,730 1.204%
Hawaii 6,440 $12.55 $26,100 1.140%
Minnesota 33,800 $12.37 $25,730 1.299%
Michigan 69,230 $12.35 $25,690 1.612%
Connecticut 18,690 $12.30 $25,580 1.144%

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 2,310 $10.82 $22,500 4.778%
Gadsden, AL MSA 1,600 $9.13 $18,990 4.470%
Laredo, TX MSA 3,210 $7.85 $16,330 4.134%
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 9,790 $10.16 $21,130 4.099%
Rocky Mount, NC MSA 2,160 $10.08 $20,970 3.486%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Flint, MI PMSA 2,930 $14.37 $29,880 1.867%
Saginaw-Bay City-Midland, MI MSA 1,890 $13.71 $28,520 1.139%
Lafayette, IN MSA 1,240 $13.67 $28,430 1.457%
Stockton-Lodi, CA MSA 6,370 $13.66 $28,410 3.068%
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI MSA 21,080 $13.23 $27,510 1.237%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

All Transportation and Material Moving Occupations

May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: June 02, 2005

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