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A look at wages for workers who package and deliver holiday gifts

November 26, 2018

Many people shop for the holidays after Thanksgiving. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two popular shopping days in which retailers often offer special deals. Someone has to package and deliver all those gifts, and transportation and material moving workers are vital. Average hourly wages for full-time, entry-level workers in transportation and material moving occupations in 2017 ranged from $14.64 in the Midland, Texas, metropolitan area to $9.27 in Huntsville, Alabama.

Average hourly wages of full-time, entry-level workers in transportation and material moving occupations, 2017
Metropolitan area Average hourly wage

Huntsville, AL

$9.27

Decatur, AL

9.31

Montgomery, AL

9.32

Hattiesburg, MS

9.35

Dothan, AL

9.37

Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

9.48

Jackson, TN

9.53

Tuscaloosa, AL

9.53

Cleveland, TN

9.59

Johnson City, TN

9.59

Owensboro, KY

9.63

Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, MS

9.68

Auburn-Opelika, AL

9.69

Bowling Green, KY

9.70

Knoxville, TN

9.70

Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY

9.92

Birmingham-Hoover, AL

9.93

Clarksville, TN-KY

9.93

Jacksonville, NC

9.93

Ames, IA

9.95

Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, AL

9.96

Memphis, TN-MS-AR

9.96

Gadsden, AL

9.97

Jackson, MS

9.98

Brownsville-Harlingen, TX

10.01

Lexington-Fayette, KY

10.01

Johnstown, PA

10.02

Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL

10.03

Mobile, AL

10.03

Altoona, PA

10.06

Jefferson City, MO

10.08

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

10.12

Sebring, FL

10.12

El Paso, TX

10.23

Cedar Rapids, IA

10.24

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX

10.28

St. Joseph, MO-KS

10.28

Enid, OK

10.35

Pocatello, ID

10.35

Manhattan, KS

10.37

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN

10.38

Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC-NC

10.38

Cape Girardeau, MO-IL

10.41

Chattanooga, TN-GA

10.42

New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ

10.43

West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL

10.52

Alexandria, LA

10.57

Tallahassee, FL

10.59

Joplin, MO

10.60

Lubbock, TX

10.60

Columbia, MO

10.61

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA

10.62

Laredo, TX

10.64

Dalton, GA

10.65

Fayetteville, NC

10.67

Wichita, KS

10.67

Erie, PA

10.68

Columbus, GA-AL

10.73

Hot Springs, AR

10.75

Midland, MI

10.76

Pittsburgh, PA

10.77

Farmington, NM

10.78

Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ

10.80

Ogden-Clearfield, UT

10.80

Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA

10.82

Springfield, MO

10.82

Macon, GA

10.83

Lancaster, PA

10.84

Dubuque, IA

10.87

Kokomo, IN

10.87

Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN

10.89

State College, PA

10.90

Ocala, FL

10.91

Williamsport, PA

10.91

Charlottesville, VA

10.93

Muncie, IN

10.93

Ocean City, NJ

10.93

Topeka, KS

10.94

Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA

10.94

Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL

10.95

Logan, UT-ID

10.95

Carson City, NV

10.97

Evansville, IN-KY

10.97

San Angelo, TX

10.97

Homosassa Springs, FL

10.98

Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL

10.99

Gainesville, FL

11.00

Albuquerque, NM

11.03

Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA

11.03

Boise City, ID

11.04

Killeen-Temple, TX

11.04

Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY

11.05

Bloomington, IL

11.06

Florence, SC

11.08

Muskegon, MI

11.08

Port St. Lucie, FL

11.08

Hammond, LA

11.09

Springfield, IL

11.09

Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL

11.10

St. Louis, MO-IL

11.10

Santa Fe, NM

11.10

Punta Gorda, FL

11.11

Lincoln, NE

11.12

Binghamton, NY

11.13

Bloomington, IN

11.13

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

11.13

Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL

11.13

Lebanon, PA

11.13

Mansfield, OH

11.13

Winston-Salem, NC

11.13

Kansas City, MO-KS

11.14

Glens Falls, NY

11.15

Sioux City, IA-NE-SD

11.15

Waterbury, CT

11.16

Canton-Massillon, OH

11.17

Dover, DE

11.18

Ithaca, NY

11.18

Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL

11.20

Cleveland-Elyria, OH

11.20

Greenville, NC

11.20

Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA

11.21

Idaho Falls, ID

11.21

Racine, WI

11.21

Las Cruces, NM

11.23

Niles-Benton Harbor, MI

11.23

Lawrence, KS

11.24

Oshkosh-Neenah, WI

11.24

Provo-Orem, UT

11.24

South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI

11.24

Tucson, AZ

11.24

Utica-Rome, NY

11.25

Waco, TX

11.25

Coeur d'Alene, ID

11.26

Lynchburg, VA

11.27

Rapid City, SD

11.27

Yuma, AZ

11.29

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN

11.30

Colorado Springs, CO

11.32

Columbus, IN

11.32

Bay City, MI

11.34

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY

11.34

College Station-Bryan, TX

11.34

Fort Wayne, IN

11.35

Mankato-North Mankato, MN

11.35

Green Bay, WI

11.36

Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

11.37

Great Falls, MT

11.38

Toledo, OH

11.38

Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

11.38

Boulder, CO

11.39

Corvallis, OR

11.39

Dayton, OH

11.39

Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

11.39

Rochester, NY

11.39

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC

11.40

Danville, IL

11.40

Duluth, MN-WI

11.40

Eau Claire, WI

11.40

Rochester, MN

11.40

Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

11.40

Peoria, IL

11.41

Watertown-Fort Drum, NY

11.41

Carbondale-Marion, IL

11.42

Fond du Lac, WI

11.42

Sioux Falls, SD

11.42

Grand Island, NE

11.45

Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA

11.45

Greeley, CO

11.46

Wichita Falls, TX

11.47

Terre Haute, IN

11.48

Lansing-East Lansing, MI

11.49

Pueblo, CO

11.49

Battle Creek, MI

11.50

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

11.50

Parkersburg-Vienna, WV

11.50

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ

11.51

Jackson, MI

11.51

Appleton, WI

11.53

Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY

11.55

Lima, OH

11.55

Columbus, OH

11.56

Elkhart-Goshen, IN

11.57

Goldsboro, NC

11.57

Janesville-Beloit, WI

11.57

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA

11.57

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA

11.58

North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

11.58

Springfield, OH

11.58

Wilmington, NC

11.58

Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA

11.60

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

11.60

El Centro, CA

11.61

Valdosta, GA

11.61

Albany, OR

11.62

Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ

11.62

Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

11.62

Wausau, WI

11.62

Abilene, TX

11.64

Salem, OR

11.65

Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH

11.65

Champaign-Urbana, IL

11.66

Grants Pass, OR

11.66

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

11.67

Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

11.68

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY

11.69

Syracuse, NY

11.69

Sheboygan, WI

11.70

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC

11.71

Longview, TX

11.71

East Stroudsburg, PA

11.72

Madison, WI

11.72

Rockford, IL

11.72

Medford, OR

11.77

Fargo, ND-MN

11.78

York-Hanover, PA

11.78

Reading, PA

11.79

Rocky Mount, NC

11.79

Flagstaff, AZ

11.80

Bend-Redmond, OR

11.81

Salisbury, MD-DE

11.81

Akron, OH

11.82

Grand Forks, ND-MN

11.82

Merced, CA

11.82

Athens-Clarke County, GA

11.83

Corpus Christi, TX

11.84

Missoula, MT

11.87

Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA

11.89

Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

11.90

Eugene, OR

11.91

Salt Lake City, UT

11.91

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA

11.93

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

11.94

Amarillo, TX

11.98

Billings, MT

11.99

Bismarck, ND

11.99

Redding, CA

11.99

San Diego-Carlsbad, CA

12.00

Visalia-Porterville, CA

12.00

Oklahoma City, OK

12.01

Modesto, CA

12.02

Yuba City, CA

12.02

Kalamazoo-Portage, MI

12.03

Fresno, CA

12.05

Jonesboro, AR

12.05

New Orleans-Metairie, LA

12.06

Chico, CA

12.11

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

12.11

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

12.11

Lafayette, LA

12.12

Beckley, WV

12.14

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA

12.15

Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL

12.18

Lewiston, ID-WA

12.20

Longview, WA

12.20

Austin-Round Rock, TX

12.21

Bakersfield, CA

12.21

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL

12.23

Victoria, TX

12.23

Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN

12.25

Sierra Vista-Douglas, AZ

12.25

San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX

12.26

Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

12.27

Raleigh, NC

12.29

Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA

12.31

Prescott, AZ

12.33

Hanford-Corcoran, CA

12.35

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI

12.35

Stockton-Lodi, CA

12.37

Yakima, WA

12.37

Madera, CA

12.39

Burlington, NC

12.40

Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC

12.41

Texarkana, TX-AR

12.41

Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

12.44

Cheyenne, WY

12.45

Reno, NV

12.46

Chambersburg-Waynesboro, PA

12.47

Fort Smith, AR-OK

12.47

Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL

12.47

Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA

12.53

Salinas, CA

12.54

Kennewick-Richland, WA

12.58

Fort Collins, CO

12.59

Panama City, FL

12.59

Greensboro-High Point, NC

12.62

The Villages, FL

12.63

Charleston, WV

12.65

Gettysburg, PA

12.71

Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA

12.72

Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC

12.87

Grand Junction, CO

12.89

Wheeling, WV-OH

12.96

Bellingham, WA

12.98

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC

13.01

Walla Walla, WA

13.01

Baton Rouge, LA

13.08

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX

13.14

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC

13.15

Jacksonville, FL

13.16

Richmond, VA

13.21

Houma-Thibodaux, LA

13.27

Harrisonburg, VA

13.40

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC

13.43

Lake Charles, LA

13.44

Gary, IN

13.48

Spartanburg, SC

13.48

Sumter, SC

13.49

Asheville, NC

13.70

Casper, WY

13.89

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL

14.07

Kankakee, IL

14.21

Charleston-North Charleston, SC

14.38

Michigan City-La Porte, IN

14.56

Midland, TX

14.64

Other areas with the highest average wages for full-time, entry-level workers in transportation and material moving occupations include Michigan City-La Porte, Indiana ($14.56), Charleston-North Charleston, South Carolina ($14.38), Kankakee, Illinois ($14.21), and Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, Illinois ($14.07).

Areas with the lowest average wages for these workers include Decatur, Alabama ($9.31), Montgomery, Alabama ($9.32), Hattiesburg, Mississippi ($9.35), and Dothan, Alabama ($9.37).

Eighty-six metropolitan areas had average hourly wages lower than $11.00 for full-time, entry-level workers in transportation and material moving occupations. Of these 86 areas, 13 of them were in or included Alabama. Another 207 areas had average wages from $11.00 to $12.99, and 21 areas had average hourly wages of $13.00 or more.

These estimates are from the Modeled Wage Estimates derived from the National Compensation Survey and the Occupational Employment Statistics survey. Entry-level transportation and material moving workers are in jobs classified as Level 1 by the National Compensation Survey. These jobs require little or no prior experience or training and work under close supervision and strict guidelines. Modeled Wage Estimates are available for detailed occupations, geographic areas, and job characteristics, including full- and part-time status, work levels, and bargaining status. Relative standard errors also are available to allow users to assess the reliability of estimates.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, A look at wages for workers who package and deliver holiday gifts on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/a-look-at-wages-for-workers-who-package-and-deliver-holiday-gifts.htm (visited August 11, 2020).

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