Occupation Snapshot | Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand, 2015-2019 | January 2021
Hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers move materials to and from storage and production areas, loading docks, delivery trucks, ships, and containers. Their specific duties may vary and could include performing other general labor.
As of May 2019, there were 2,953,170 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $15.45 and the average annual wage was $32,130.
Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses
In private industry for this occupation, there were 64,160 nonfatal injury and illness cases requiring days away from work during 2019. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 275.5.
Fatal occupational injuries
Fatal work injuries totaled 102 for hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers during 2019, compared to 113 during 2018.
Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program. Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For more information on SOII and CFOI program concepts and definitions see the SOII Handbook of Methods and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.
Last Modified Date: February 3, 2021