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Working As A Loader/Unloader

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Deal with People

  • Stressful

  • $29,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Loader/Unloader 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 Loader/Unloader

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
Bulk Loader 2.8 years
Loader/Unloader 2.0 years
Warehouse Labour 1.9 years
Loader Helper 1.9 years
Freight Loader 1.8 years
Dock Loader 1.8 years
Sorter/Loader 1.8 years
Truck Loader 1.7 years
Lumber Yard Worker 1.6 years
Packer/Loader 1.6 years
Lumper 1.5 years
Loader 1.5 years
Stock Unloader 1.4 years
Truck Unloader 1.4 years
Unloader 1.3 years
Package Handler 1.3 years
Freight Unloader 1.3 years
Stacker 1.1 years
Top Careers Before Loader/Unloader
Cashier 16.0%
Cook 6.4%
Stocker 5.5%
Janitor 2.9%
Driver 2.9%
Loader 2.8%
Top Careers After Loader/Unloader
Cashier 8.8%
Driver 5.6%
Cook 4.4%
Stocker 4.1%
Packer 2.8%
Loader 2.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$29,000
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$21,000
Min 10%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$40,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Daniel
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
1.6 years
How much does a Loader/Unloader make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Loader/Unloader in the United States is $29,252 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $21,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $40,000.

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Top Skills for A Loader/Unloader

  1. Pallet Jack
  2. Tractor Trailers
  3. Unload Trucks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Order picking- usage of forklift and electric pallet jack to pick truckloads with all size skids.
  • Assisted in transferring/reloading outbound planes and semi-tractor trailers according to destinations.
  • Load and unload trucks for a concert equipment run wire through speakers and soundboards build stages and prompts
  • Load containers onto forklifts and assist in unloading containers from the forklifts and loading them on delivery trucks.
  • Placed boxes on pallets or hand trucks getting them ready to load onto trucks.

Loader/Unloader Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 26,444 Loader/Unloader resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Loader/Unloader Demographics

Gender

Male

74.5%

Unknown

14.6%

Female

10.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

13.6%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

80.7%

French

6.6%

German

1.7%

Chinese

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Russian

0.8%

Carrier

0.8%

Japanese

0.8%

Swahili

0.6%

Swedish

0.6%

Samoan

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Mandarin

0.6%

Italian

0.6%

Dakota

0.6%

Polish

0.6%

Tongan

0.6%

Turkish

0.3%

Hmong

0.3%

Korean

0.3%
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Loader/Unloader Education

Schools

The Academy

15.8%

University of Phoenix

11.2%

Houston Community College

6.2%

Hinds Community College

5.9%

Savannah Technical College

5.1%

Central State University

4.5%

Thomas Nelson Community College

4.5%

Universal Technical Institute

4.5%

Lee College

4.1%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.9%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.8%

Columbus State Community College

3.7%

Tidewater Community College

3.7%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

3.7%

Alabama State University

3.4%

Strayer University

3.3%

Everest Institute

3.3%

Texas Southern University

3.3%

Remington College

3.2%

Kaplan University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

22.3%

Criminal Justice

10.8%

General Studies

10.2%

Automotive Technology

5.9%

Computer Science

5.8%

Precision Metal Working

4.8%

Nursing

3.8%

Kinesiology

3.3%

Medical Assisting Services

3.3%

Communication

3.2%

Education

3.2%

Accounting

3.0%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Psychology

2.7%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.5%

Culinary Arts

2.5%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Engineering

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

56.3%

Associate

16.9%

Bachelors

13.8%

Certificate

7.6%

Diploma

3.9%

Masters

0.8%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.1%
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