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Salary, Wages, Pay: Material Moving Occupations




Median hourly earnings of material moving workers in 2002 were relatively low, as indicated by the following tabulation:

Gas compressor and gas pumping station operators $20.44
First-line supervisors/managers of helpers, laborers, and material movers, hand 17.87
Pump operators, except wellhead pumpers 17.53
Crane and tower operators 17.47
Wellhead pumpers 16.24
Tank car, truck, and ship loaders 15.63
Excavating and loading machine and dragline operators 15.58
Hoist and winch operators 15.09
Industrial truck and tractor operators 12.54
Conveyor operators and tenders 11.66
Refuse and recyclable material collectors 11.60
Machine feeders and offbearers 10.50
Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand 9.48
Cleaners of vehicles and equipment 8.20
Hand packers and packagers 8.03
All other material moving workers 12.58

Pay rates vary according to experience and job responsibilities. Pay usually is higher in metropolitan areas. The seasonality of work may reduce earnings.