Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
2,135,790 0.5 % $12.16 $25,290 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.89 $8.99 $11.11 $14.31 $18.24
Annual Wage (2) $16,400 $18,690 $23,110 $29,760 $37,940


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Employment Services 288,460 $10.33 $21,490
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 150,750 $11.81 $24,570
Warehousing and Storage 148,100 $13.25 $27,560
Other General Merchandise Stores 72,890 $10.32 $21,460
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers 69,540 $13.03 $27,100

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Support Activities for Water Transportation 17,350 $20.56 $42,760
Metal Ore Mining 510 $19.96 $41,510
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 2,180 $18.85 $39,200
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 3,430 $18.62 $38,740
Rail Transportation 3,020 $18.59 $38,660


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Tennessee 70,590 $11.37 $23,650 26.890
Louisiana 45,640 $10.87 $22,610 24.383
Indiana 63,410 $12.06 $25,080 22.745
Arkansas 25,750 $10.48 $21,790 22.433
West Virginia 15,470 $11.25 $23,410 21.959

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Alaska 5,200 $17.08 $35,520 16.886
District of Columbia 2,040 $15.14 $31,500 3.197
Hawaii 8,430 $14.93 $31,050 14.343
Massachusetts 31,740 $13.79 $28,680 10.016
Rhode Island 5,130 $13.75 $28,590 11.181


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 27,340 $11.37 $23,650 45.149
Savannah, GA 5,810 $16.61 $34,560 38.701
Springfield, OH 1,850 $11.77 $24,490 38.580
Morristown, TN 1,530 $10.86 $22,580 34.153
Rockford, IL 4,770 $13.46 $28,000 33.229

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Anchorage, AK 3,280 $17.17 $35,720 19.831
Savannah, GA 5,810 $16.61 $34,560 38.701
Fairbanks, AK 630 $15.76 $32,780 17.833
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 7,920 $15.14 $31,490 25.493
Oshkosh-Neenah, WI 2,190 $15.07 $31,350 25.314


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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