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Working As A Hand Packer/Packager

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  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $24,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Hand Packer/Packager Do

Hand laborers and material movers manually move freight, stock, or other materials. Others feed or remove material to or from machines, clean vehicles, pick up unwanted household goods, and pack materials for moving.

Duties

Hand laborers and material movers typically do the following:

  • Manually move material from one place to another
  • Pack or wrap products by hand
  • Keep a record of the material they move
  • Signal machine operators who help move material
  • Clean cars, equipment, and workplaces

In warehouses and wholesale and retail operations, hand laborers and material movers work closely with material moving machine operators and material recording clerks. Some workers are employed in manufacturing industries, where they load material onto conveyor belts or other machines.

Cleaners of vehicles and equipment wash automobiles and other vehicles, as well as storage tanks, pipelines, and related machinery. They use cleaning products, vacuums, hoses, and brushes. Most of these workers clean cars at a car wash, an automobile dealership, or a rental agency. Some clean industrial equipment at manufacturing firms. Some—for example, those who work at a car wash—interact with customers.

Hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers move materials to and from storage and production areas, loading docks, delivery trucks, ships, and containers. Although their specific duties may vary, most of these movers, often called pickers, work in warehouses. Some workers retrieve products from storage and move them to loading areas. Other workers load and unload cargo from a truck. When moving a package, pickers keep track of the package number, sometimes with a hand-held scanner, to ensure proper delivery. Sometimes they open containers and sort the material.

Hand packers and packagers package a variety of materials by hand. They may label cartons, inspect items for defects, and keep records of items packed. Some of these workers pack materials for shipment and move them to a loading dock. Many hand packers are employed by grocery stores, where they bag groceries for customers at checkout.

Machine feeders and offbearers process materials by feeding them into equipment or by removing them from equipment. The equipment is generally operated by other workers, such as material moving machine operators. Machine feeders and offbearers help the operator if the machine becomes jammed or needs minor repairs. Machine feeders track the amount of material they process during a shift.

Refuse and recyclable material collectors gather garbage and recyclables from homes and businesses to transport to a dump, landfill, or recycling center. Many collectors lift garbage cans by hand and empty them into their truck. Some collectors drive the garbage or recycling truck along a scheduled route. When collecting materials from a dumpster, drivers use a hydraulic lift to empty the contents of the dumpster into their truck.

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How To Become A Hand Packer/Packager

Formal education is not usually required to become a hand laborer or material mover. Employers typically require only that applicants be physically able to perform the work.

Education

There are no formal education requirements to become a hand laborer or material mover.

Training

Most positions for hand laborers and material movers require less than 1 month of on-the-job training. Some workers need only a few days of training, and most training is done by a supervisor or a more experienced worker who decides when trainees are ready to work on their own.

Workers learn safety rules as part of their training. Many of these rules are standardized through the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Refuse and recyclable material collectors who drive trucks that exceed a certain capacity—such as vehicles with the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo exceeding 26,000 pounds—must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Obtaining a CDL requires passing written, skill, and vision tests.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Hand laborers and material movers who work with the public, such as grocery baggers or car wash attendants, must be pleasant and courteous to customers.

Hand–eye coordination. Most hand laborers and material movers use their arms and hands to manipulate objects or move objects into specific positions.

Listening skills. Hand laborers and material movers follow instructions that a supervisor gives them.

Physical stamina. Hand laborers and material movers need the endurance to perform strenuous tasks, such as moving or cleaning objects, throughout the day.

Physical strength. Some workers must be able to lift and carry heavy objects.

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Average Length of Employment
Selector Packer 2.2 years
Assembler/Packer 2.0 years
Inspector Packer 1.9 years
Hand Packer 1.7 years
Order Packer 1.7 years
Hand Packager 1.6 years
Packer/Loader 1.6 years
Case Packer 1.6 years
Box Packer 1.5 years
Warehouse Packer 1.4 years
Packer 1.3 years
Packer/Shipper 1.3 years
Packager 1.3 years
Food Packer 1.2 years
Picker And Packer 1.2 years
Top Careers Before Hand Packer/Packager
Cashier 23.5%
Packer 4.8%
Cook 3.6%
Assembler 3.3%
Associate 3.3%
Waitress 3.0%
Operator 2.4%
Top Careers After Hand Packer/Packager
Cashier 18.4%
Packer 8.3%
Assembler 3.7%
Janitor 3.4%
Associate 2.8%
Manager 2.5%

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Hand Packer/Packager Demographics

Gender

Female

49.2%

Male

39.8%

Unknown

11.0%
Ethnicity

White

61.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

13.8%

Asian

7.2%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.3%

French

25.0%

Polish

8.3%

Chinese

8.3%
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Hand Packer/Packager Education

Schools

Vance-Granville Community College

11.4%

Louisiana College

5.7%

Full Sail University

5.7%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

5.7%

Martin Community College

5.7%

University of Phoenix

5.7%

Piedmont Technical College

5.7%

Monroe Community College

5.7%

Black River Technical College

5.7%

Richmond Community College

5.7%

Sinclair Community College

5.7%

Gaston College

5.7%

Atlantic Technical Center

5.7%

River Valley Community College

2.9%

Prairie View A & M University

2.9%

Bladen Community College

2.9%

Richland Community College

2.9%

Washington State University

2.9%

Educators of Beauty College of Cosmetology

2.9%

Western Piedmont Community College

2.9%
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Majors

Business

18.3%

General Studies

9.2%

Criminal Justice

8.5%

Health Care Administration

7.7%

Nursing

7.0%

Medical Assisting Services

5.6%

Computer Science

5.6%

Curriculum And Instruction

4.9%

Accounting

4.2%

Education

4.2%

Computer Technical Support

3.5%

Biology

2.8%

Cosmetology

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.8%

Pharmacy

2.1%

Health Sciences And Services

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Automotive Technology

2.1%

Early Childhood Education

2.1%

Human Services

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

58.9%

Associate

20.8%

Bachelors

6.9%

Certificate

6.4%

Diploma

3.5%

License

2.0%

Masters

1.0%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
Manteca, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.5 years
How much does a Hand Packer/Packager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Hand Packer/Packager in the United States is $24,563 per year or $12 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $18,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $32,000.

Real Hand Packer/Packager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Packers and Packagers, Hand Fournerat and Toups Crawfish, LLC LA Jan 15, 2015 $25,127
Packers and Packagers Sentinel Pine Orchards, Inc. Shoreham, VT Oct 30, 2016 $24,501
Packers and Packagers Sunrise Orchards, Inc. Cornwall, VT Feb 12, 2016 $24,501
Packers and Packagers, Hand Cajun Central, Inc. Ville Platte, LA May 03, 2016 $24,418
Packers and Packagers, Hand Bayou Shrimp Processors, Inc. Delcambre, LA Dec 18, 2015 $24,376
Packers and Packagers, Hand Bayou Shrimp Processors, Inc. Delcambre, LA May 27, 2015 $24,376
Packers and Packagers Sentinel Pine Orchards, Inc. Shoreham, VT Oct 21, 2015 $23,500
Packers and Packagers Sunrise Orchards, Inc. Cornwall, VT Dec 16, 2015 $23,500
Packers and Packagers Sunrise Orchards, Inc. Cornwall, VT Dec 16, 2014 $23,416
Packers and Packagers Sentinel Pine Orchards, Inc. Shoreham, VT Oct 16, 2014 $23,416
Packers and Packagers Sentinel Pine Orchards, Inc. Shoreham, VT Sep 08, 2014 $23,416
Packers and Packagers Ampac Paper Inc. Walden, NY Oct 31, 2007 $22,957 -
$29,218
Packers and Packagers, Hand Cajun Central, Inc. Ville Platte, LA Mar 01, 2015 $20,098
Packers and Packagers, Hand Shirley's Crawfish Pad, LLC Marksville, LA Apr 21, 2015 $20,098
Packers and Packagers, Hand Crawfish Processing, LLC Marksville, LA May 18, 2015 $20,098
Packers and Packagers, Hand Pennant Foods North Haven, CT Mar 12, 2010 $20,098
Packers and Packagers, Hand Shirley's Crawfish Pad, LLC Marksville, LA Feb 28, 2015 $20,098
Packers and Packagers, Hand Crawfish Processing, LLC Marksville, LA Feb 28, 2015 $20,098
Packers and Packagers, Hand Pennant Foods North Haven, CT Mar 10, 2010 $20,098
Packers and Packagers, Hand A2Z Packaging and Labeling, LLC Cairo, GA Jul 15, 2016 $19,847
Packers and Packagers, Hand Fiesta Canning, Inc. McNeal, AZ Oct 03, 2016 $18,595
Packers and Packagers, Hand Mama Bear's Processing, LLC LA May 17, 2013 $18,407
Packers and Packagers, Hand Best Packers Inc. D/B/A/International Wiper Corp. New York, NY Mar 11, 2010 $17,865
Packers and Packagers, Hand Best Packers. D/B/A International Wiper Corp. New York, NY Apr 07, 2010 $17,865
Packers and Packagers, Hand Big Easy Foods of Louisiana Lake Charles, LA Aug 06, 2016 $17,139
Packers and Packagers, Hand Big Easy Foods of Louisiana Lake Charles, LA Jan 28, 2015 $17,118
Packers and Packagers, Hand Big Easy Foods of Louisiana Lake Charles, LA Mar 02, 2015 $17,118
Packers and Packagers, Hand Big Easy Foods of Louisiana LA Jan 28, 2015 $17,118

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Top Skills for A Hand Packer/Packager

  1. Kingdom Pack
  2. Container Tags
  3. Hand Tools
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  • Mark and label containers, container tags, or products, using marking tools.
  • Seal containers or materials, using glues, fasteners, nails, and hand tools.
  • Load materials and products into package processing equipment.
  • Removed completed or defective products or materials, placing them on moving equipment such as conveyors or in specified areas.
  • Recorded product, packaging and order information on specified forms and records.

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