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Working As An 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

  • $31,000

    Average Salary

What Does An 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 An 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
Forklift Operator 2.9 years
Bulk Loader 2.8 years
Warehouse Labour 1.9 years
Ship Dock 1.9 years
Freight Handler 1.9 years
Sorter/Loader 1.8 years
Freight Loader 1.8 years
Truck Loader 1.7 years
Loader/Unloader 1.6 years
Lumper 1.5 years
Loader 1.5 years
Truck Unloader 1.4 years
Stock Unloader 1.4 years
Freight Unloader 1.3 years
Stacker 1.1 years
Unloader 1.0 years
Top Careers Before Unloader
Cashier 17.9%
Cook 7.4%
Stocker 6.2%
Loader 2.9%
Server 2.7%
Packer 2.7%
Top Careers After Unloader
Cashier 10.2%
Driver 5.9%
Stocker 5.2%
Cook 5.2%
Loader 3.4%
Packer 3.2%

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Unloader Demographics

Gender

Male

75.4%

Female

12.8%

Unknown

11.8%
Ethnicity

White

62.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.0%

Black or African American

13.2%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

86.0%

German

3.5%

Japanese

1.8%

French

1.8%

Arabic

1.8%

Carrier

1.2%

Hmong

1.2%

Swedish

0.6%

Khmer

0.6%

Tagalog

0.6%

Navajo

0.6%

Korean

0.6%
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Unloader Education

Schools

The Academy

13.7%

University of Phoenix

12.5%

Houston Community College

7.0%

Texas Southern University

5.8%

Georgia Southern University

4.8%

Ashford University

4.8%

Central State University

4.8%

Savannah Technical College

4.1%

Hinds Community College

4.1%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.1%

Delgado Community College

3.9%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.9%

Lincoln College of Technology - Indianapolis

3.6%

Grand Rapids Community College

3.4%

Tidewater Community College

3.4%

Kaplan University

3.4%

Universal Technical Institute

3.4%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.1%

Alabama State University

3.1%

Thomas Nelson Community College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

20.6%

Criminal Justice

11.5%

General Studies

10.6%

Automotive Technology

7.6%

Computer Science

6.0%

Precision Metal Working

5.5%

Kinesiology

3.2%

Accounting

3.1%

Nursing

3.0%

Psychology

3.0%

Medical Assisting Services

3.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Information Technology

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.8%

Electrical Engineering

2.6%

Education

2.6%

Communication

2.5%

Engineering

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

52.3%

Associate

17.7%

Bachelors

16.1%

Certificate

7.6%

Diploma

4.3%

Masters

1.5%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$20,000
Min 10%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
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Median 50%
$48,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
S&D Coffee
Highest Paying City
Fresno, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.3 years
How much does an Unloader make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Unloader in the United States is $31,076 per year or $15 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $20,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $48,000.

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Top Skills for An Unloader

  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. New Merchandise
  3. Pallet Jack
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Unloaded boxes into delivery trucks, performed general housekeeping
  • Unload trucks and move new merchandise to the sales floor
  • Filled customer orders for computers, load and unload trucks, used a pallet jack, transfer information in the computer.
  • Unloaded tractor trailers and general warehouse work
  • Recommended solutions for improvements in operational safety procedures.

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