Warehousing and Storage: NAICS 493

About the Warehousing and Storage subsector

The warehousing and storage subsector is part of the transportation and warehousing sector.

Industries in the Warehousing and Storage subsector are primarily engaged in operating warehousing and storage facilities for general merchandise, refrigerated goods, and other warehouse products. These establishments provide facilities to store goods. They do not sell the goods they handle. These establishments take responsibility for storing the goods and keeping them secure. They may also provide a range of services, often referred to as logistics services, related to the distribution of goods. Logistics services can include labeling, breaking bulk, inventory control and management, light assembly, order entry and fulfillment, packaging, pick and pack, price marking and ticketing, and transportation arrangement. However, establishments in this industry group always provide warehousing or storage services in addition to any logistic services. Furthermore, the warehousing or storage of goods must be more than incidental to the performance of services, such as price marking.

North American Industry Classification System

The warehousing and storage subsector consists of a single industry group, Warehousing and Storage: NAICS 4931.

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in warehousing and storage. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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2014

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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741.7 743.6 (P) 744.3 (P) 743.9

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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631.4 639.7 (P) 644.6  

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Industrial truck and tractor operators

82,130

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

180,180

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

32,750

Stock clerks and order fillers

56,310

Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

8,710

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for warehousing and storage.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in warehousing and storage.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$18.44 $18.45 $18.40 (P) $18.33

Average weekly hours

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40.8 40.9 40.7 (P) 40.8

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$15.29 $15.34 $15.44 (P) $15.43

Average weekly hours

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41.7 41.8 41.8 (P) 41.9

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Industrial truck and tractor operators

$15.02 $15.47 $31,240 $32,170

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand

$13.64 $14.25 $28,370 $29,630

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks

$14.79 $15.45 $30,760 $32,130

Stock clerks and order fillers

$13.95 $15.01 $29,020 $31,210

Transportation, storage, and distribution managers

$37.64 $40.13 $78,280 $83,480

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in warehousing and storage. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2010 2011 2012 2013

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

20 16 12 (P) 16

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

 

Total recordable cases

5.9      

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

4.1      

Cases involving days away from work

1.8      

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

2.4      

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Prices

This section provides industry-specific pricing information. The producer price index measures the percentage change in prices that domestic producers receive for goods and services. The prices included in the producer price index are from the first commercial transaction.

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2014
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Producer price index

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(P) 100.1 (P) 100.3 (P) 100.6 (P) 100.6

Percent change from previous month

  (P) 0.3% (P) 0.2% (P) 0.3% (P) 0.0%

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Producer Price Indexes)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in warehousing and storage.

Establishments

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2014

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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15,670 15,822 15,880 (P) 16,014

Local government

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256 255 254 (P) 256

State government

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8 8 8 (P) 8

Federal government

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12 12 12 (P) 12

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

See truck transportation and warehousing in the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: October 29, 2014