Updated August 18, 2021
Average Loader/Unloader Salary
$13.40 hourly
$27,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$24,000 yearly
$24,000
10 %
$27,000
Median
$32,000
90 %
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PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$32,000$2,667$15
75th Percentile$30,000$2,500$14
Average$27,871$2,323$13
25th Percentile$25,000$2,083$12
10th Percentile$24,000$2,000$12

Average Loader/Unloader Salary By State

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Loader/Unloader average salary by State

StateAvg. salaryHourly rateJob Count
Alabama$21,906$10.53405
Alaska$33,368$16.0429
Arizona$28,417$13.66542
Arkansas$25,133$12.08314
California$31,818$15.302,179
Colorado$31,613$15.20264
Connecticut$29,050$13.97200
Delaware$29,475$14.1771
District of Columbia$26,838$12.9011
Florida$23,440$11.271,147
Georgia$23,683$11.391,177
Hawaii$33,695$16.2031
Idaho$28,378$13.64141
Illinois$29,706$14.281,221
Indiana$30,033$14.44848
Iowa$27,717$13.33426
Kansas$29,358$14.11333
Kentucky$24,850$11.95512
Louisiana$21,254$10.22222
Maine$26,783$12.88146
Maryland$26,798$12.88590
Massachusetts$31,453$15.12575
Michigan$29,079$13.98560
Minnesota$35,001$16.83606
Mississippi$21,976$10.57378
Missouri$27,483$13.21570
Montana$28,897$13.8966
Nebraska$26,599$12.79165
Nevada$31,128$14.97134
New Hampshire$29,745$14.30162
New Jersey$28,031$13.48961
New Mexico$25,233$12.1372
New York$29,934$14.39644
North Carolina$24,232$11.65872
North Dakota$29,954$14.4070
Ohio$30,033$14.441,124
Oklahoma$24,608$11.83294
Oregon$30,917$14.86299
Pennsylvania$30,807$14.811,617
Rhode Island$27,393$13.1779
South Carolina$24,441$11.75415
South Dakota$27,061$13.0173
Tennessee$24,136$11.60940
Texas$25,382$12.201,586
Utah$31,516$15.15277
Vermont$28,830$13.8660
Virginia$24,838$11.94575
Washington$33,740$16.22419
West Virginia$24,123$11.60116
Wisconsin$30,634$14.73682
Wyoming$28,987$13.9430

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Highest Paying Cities For Loader/Unloader

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CityAvg. salaryHourly rate
Kent, WA$33,848$16.27
Santa Rosa, CA$32,693$15.72
Aurora, CO$31,618$15.20
Marlborough, MA$31,481$15.14
York, PA$30,508$14.67
Chicago, IL$29,757$14.31

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How much does a Loader/Unloader make?

The average Loader/Unloader salary is $27,871 per year, or $13.4 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $24,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $32,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Minnesota, Washington, Hawaii, Alaska, and California provide the highest Loader/Unloader salaries.

Average Loader/Unloader Salary Over Time

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    YearAvg. salaryHourly rate% Change
    2022$27,900$13.40+4.3%
    2021$26,700$12.82+3.9%
    2020$25,600$12.32+3.7%
    2019$24,700$11.86+2.3%
    2018$24,100$11.58+1.9%

    How Much Do Loader/Unloaders Make In Different Industries?

    The salary for a Loader/Unloader can vary depending on what industry the job is in. The highest salaries for Loader/Unloaders tend to be found in Professional, Manufacturing, and Transportation companies. In fact, Loader/Unloaders can make a yearly salary of $31,742 while working for Professional companies.
    RankIndustryAverage Loader/Unloader SalaryLoader/Unloader Salary Range
    1Professional
    $31,742
    $28k
    $33k
    2Manufacturing
    $31,058
    $28k
    $33k
    3Transportation
    $30,825
    $28k
    $33k
    4Retail
    $30,286
    $28k
    $33k

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    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Warehouse Labour

    Avg. salary: $27,583

    Warehouse labour workers are responsible for organizing shipment details by processing the correct quantity of orders, ensuring that the items are free from any defects and mislabeling. Warehouse labourers prepare the items for packaging efficiently, update the inventory records, and escalate production discrepancy to the management for immediate resolution. They should also strictly adhere to the production area's safety regulations, especially on loading and unloading items, and moving each package to appropriate shelves using warehouse equipment.
    243,011 Warehouse Labour Jobs
    Warehouse Worker

    Avg. salary: $28,110

    Warehouse workers are employees assigned to handle tasks inside the company's warehouse. They are in charge of managing the entry and exit of goods inside the warehouse, ensure that the inventory is up-to-date, and check the quality of the goods that are stored. Warehouse workers receive the items that are delivered to the warehouse, ensure that the items are complete using the delivery list, and keep the items safe in the designated area in the warehouse. They also clear any items that will exit the warehouse by ensuring that only the items that are on the list will be removed from the warehouse, and checking if these items are safely packed before leaving.
    232,387 Warehouse Worker Jobs
    Forklift Driver

    Avg. salary: $28,485

    A forklift operator is responsible for managing and operating industrial trucks and machines to ensure its performance safety and stability. Forklift operators' duties include safely handling of deliveries, securely moving items to storage areas, monitoring inventories and supplies, running diagnostic tests, reporting inspected malfunctions and deficiencies, performing basic troubleshooting, and adhering to safety procedures. It is a requirement that a forklift operator must have excellent time-management skills, as well as the ability to multi-task for daily operations.
    78,028 Forklift Driver Jobs
    Forklift

    Avg. salary: $28,812

    The primary job of a forklift operator is to operate and manage forklifts used for moving, locating, relocating, stacking, and counting merchandise in various settings, such as construction sites and warehouses. As a forklift operator, you will unload shipments properly and safely, and stack and store them in their designated areas. In addition, you will need to report any quality variances and assist in physical inventories. Other duties that you may perform include ensuring that stock rotation is done properly, inspecting and performing preventative maintenance of forklift and other equipment, and ensuring that inventory security and control are maintained.
    101,495 Forklift Jobs
    Package Handler

    Avg. salary: $29,260

    A package handler's primary duty is to place and load correct packages to delivery vehicles and review inventory upon shipments. Package handlers are responsible for analyzing product labels to make sure that the items are accurately processed. A package handler should also have basic knowledge on running warehouse equipment and loading tools to finish the task more efficiently. Package handlers must be able to communicate with other personnel for any concerns that might affect the parcel condition and customer's satisfaction.
    129,058 Package Handler Jobs
    Stacker

    Avg. salary: $25,692

    A stacker operates machines to fit lumber stacks. These machines include conveyer chains, mechanical hands, and rollers. They may also be required to burn off feather edges with a gas torch.
    71,640 Stacker Jobs
    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Warehouse Labour$27,584$2,299$13.26243,011
    Warehouse Worker$28,110$2,343$13.51232,387
    Forklift Driver$28,486$2,374$13.7078,028
    Forklift$28,812$2,401$13.85101,495
    Package Handler$29,261$2,438$14.07129,058
    Stacker$25,693$2,141$12.3571,640
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    Loader/Unloader Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a Loader/Unloader can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Which Companies Pay Loader/Unloaders The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a Loader/Unloader, being employed by a company such as Cintas or Hartung Glass Industries would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like PepsiCo and Cargill also report highly competitive salaries for Loader/Unloaders.
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    Recently Added Loader/Unloader Salaries

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    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Cargill, Inc.Loader-UnloaderLafayette, IN12/30/2021$51,194
    Simos Insourcing Solutions1St. Shift Loaders and UnloadersTaunton, MA12/29/2021$33,392
    Randstad UsLoader/UnloaderCharlotte, NC12/29/2021$27,131
    Ascend StaffingLoading/UnloadingDallas, TX12/29/2021$31,305
    PeoplereadyUnloader/LoaderMyrtle Beach, SC12/28/2021$31,305
    Select StaffLoad/UnloadArlington, TX12/28/2021$33,392
    NexusCoorstek-Loader/UnloaderDenver, CO12/28/2021$35,479
    PeoplereadyLoader/UnloaderNewark, NJ12/28/2021$35,479
    Randstad UsUnloader/LoaderCartersville, GA12/28/2021$33,392
    Westside PersonnelLoader/Unloader (General Laborer)Chesterfield, MO12/27/2021$31,305

    Average Loader/Unloader Salary by Demographic

    Loader/Unloader Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $27,979
    female-income
    Female Income
    $27,205
    GenderIncome
    Male$27,979
    Female$27,205
    Median Loader/Unloader Income by Race
    White Loader/Unloaders have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or African American Loader/Unloaders have the lowest average salary at $27,415.
    $30,000
    $24,000
    $18,000
    $12,000
    $6,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    EthnicitySalary
    White$27,824
    Black or African American$27,415
    Asian$27,581
    Hispanic or Latino$27,640
    Average Loader/Unloader Salary by Education Level
    Loader/Unloaders with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $28,471 annually. With a Associate degree, Loader/Unloaders earn a median annual income of $28,455 compared to $27,979 for Loader/Unloaders with an High School Diploma degree.
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    $18,000
    $12,000
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    High School Diploma or Less
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    EducationSalary
    High School Diploma or Less$27,979
    Some College/ Associate Degree$28,455
    Bachelor's Degree$28,471