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Working As a Material Movers

  • 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

  • $26,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Material Movers 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 Material Movers

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 Yearly Salary
$26,000
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$20,000
Min 10%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
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$26,000
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$26,000
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$26,000
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$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$34,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
GREAT SOUTHERN IND
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Material Movers make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Material Movers in the United States is $26,420 per year or $13 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $20,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $34,000.

Real Material Movers Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Supervisor/Manager of Laborers & Material Movers Apollo Moving and Storage Somerset, NJ May 02, 2008 $47,250
Supervisors, Laborers, & Material Movers Exel, Inc. Tewksbury, MA Oct 29, 2010 $45,000
Manager of Helpers, Laborers, & Material Movers Tekton Contracting Corp. NY Jun 07, 2011 $39,256
Supervisors, Laborers/Material Movers, Hand J&G Foods, Inc. Sutton, MA May 08, 2009 $35,896
Material Movers State Road Builders Supply Company, Inc. PA Apr 01, 2015 $35,792
Material Movers State Road Builders Supply Company, Inc. PA Apr 01, 2014 $35,375
Managers of Material Movers Lipstik, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Mar 10, 2008 $34,415
Manager of Helpers, Laborers and Material Movers Bay Logistics Inc.-Manufacturing Products & Servic Plymouth, MI Nov 01, 2010 $33,058 -
$41,740
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand Lawrence Fratello Grounds Maintenance LLC Greenwich, CT Dec 21, 2010 $31,702
Laborers and Freight Movers, Stock and Material Movers, Hand Lawrence Fratello Grounds Maintenance LLC Greenwich, CT Oct 15, 2010 $31,702
Sup/Managers, Material Movers, Hand A Plus Moving and Storage Boston, MA Jul 30, 2008 $31,493
Firstline Supervisors/Managers of Helpers, Laborers and Material Movers, Handlers Stephenson Millwork Co., Inc. Wilson, NC Oct 12, 2007 $31,159
Supervisors/Managers, Laborers, & Material Movers Confianca Van Lines MA Jun 04, 2008 $30,804
Material Movers State Road Builders Supply Company Inc. Upper Darby, PA Apr 01, 2016 $30,408
Laborers and Freight, Stock and Material Movers, Hand SAB Trucking Inc. New York, NY Jul 08, 2008 $27,924
Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand Gotham Distribution NJ Sep 24, 2010 $27,757
Laborers, Material Movers Antonio Int. Food Freehold, NJ Jul 28, 2008 $27,757
Material Mover Stone Sales-Service, Inc. Dunlap, TN Mar 05, 2016 $27,569
Sugar Factory Laborer/Material Mover Louisiana Sugar Cane Cooperative, Inc. (Lasuca) Saint Martinville, LA Apr 01, 2016 $27,027
Laborers and Freight, Stock and Material Movers, Hand Perfect Settings LLC Landover, MD Oct 25, 2010 $26,651
Laborers and Freight, Stock and Material Movers, Hand Perfect Settings LLC Landover, MD Oct 15, 2010 $26,651
Laborer ADN Material Mover International Theatrical Innovation San Bernardino, CA Sep 26, 2016 $24,501
Laborers & Freight, Stock & Material Movers, Hand JMJ Relocations, Inc. D/B/A Fast Moving Company Hackettstown, NJ Oct 15, 2009 $24,501
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand Gotham Steel Supply Inc. New York, NY Dec 13, 2010 $24,063
Laborers and Freight, Stock and Material Movers, Hand All Star Moving and Storage Inc. New York, NY Aug 02, 2010 $24,063
Laborers and Freight, Stock and Material Movers and Handlers Hay Hill Services, Inc. Saint Matthews, SC Dec 01, 2010 $24,045
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Handlers Hay Hill Services, Inc. Saint Matthews, SC Dec 28, 2010 $24,045
Laborers and Freight, Stock and Material Movers, Handlers Hay Hill Services, Inc. Saint Matthews, SC Dec 30, 2010 $24,045
Laborers and Freight, Stock and Material Movers and Handlers Hay Hill Services, Inc. Saint Matthews, SC Nov 23, 2010 $24,045

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Top Skills for A Material Movers

  1. Unload Trucks
  2. Production Areas
  3. Oral Instructions
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Load trucks or unload trucks work in warehouse at the yard or go on pack jobs.
  • Move freight, stock and other materials to and from storage and production areas, and loading docks by hand.
  • Read work orders and received oral instructions to determine work assignments and material and equipment needs Heavy Lifting of 25-75 lbs.
  • Loaded docks, delivery vehicles, and containers, by hand or using trucks, tractors, or other equipment.
  • Compiled and recorded daily production data from customer orders, work tickets, product specifications and individual-worker production sheets.

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Top 10 Best States for Material Movers

  1. Alaska
  2. Wisconsin
  3. Minnesota
  4. Iowa
  5. Nebraska
  6. West Virginia
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. South Dakota
  9. Washington
  10. Rhode Island
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Material Movers Demographics

Gender

Male

76.9%

Female

14.2%

Unknown

8.8%
Ethnicity

White

63.2%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Black or African American

12.9%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

2.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.4%

Portuguese

14.3%

Tagalog

14.3%

Material Movers Education

Schools

Santa Fe Community College

8.6%

University of Phoenix

8.6%

Rose State College

5.7%

Lakeshore Technical College

5.7%

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

5.7%

Liberty University

5.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.7%

Edgecombe Community College

5.7%

Vincennes University

5.7%

Pearl River Community College

5.7%

Black Hills State University

5.7%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

5.7%

Gaston College

5.7%

Lincoln Technical Institute

2.9%

University of the Pacific

2.9%

Merced College

2.9%

College of Lake County

2.9%

Mitchell College

2.9%

Central Georgia Technical College

2.9%

Kansas State University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

19.7%

General Studies

12.8%

Automotive Technology

6.8%

Criminal Justice

6.8%

Computer Science

6.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

5.1%

Graphic Design

5.1%

Construction Management

4.3%

Supply Chain Management

3.4%

Computer Information Systems

3.4%

Finance

3.4%

Marketing

3.4%

Accounting

3.4%

Industrial Technology

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.6%

Communication

2.6%

Computer Engineering

2.6%

Electrical Engineering

2.6%

Management

1.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

51.1%

Associate

19.5%

Certificate

11.5%

Bachelors

10.9%

Diploma

4.6%

Masters

2.3%
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Updated May 19, 2020