Occupation Snapshot | Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand, 2016–2020 | January 2022
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 2020, there were 2,805,200 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $16.21, and the average annual wage was $33,710.
Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses
In private industry for laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand, there were 64,930 nonfatal injury and illness cases involving days away from work in 2020. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 289.8.
Fatal occupational injuries
Fatal work injuries totaled 88 for laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand during 2020, compared to 102 during 2019.
Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) 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 program concepts, see the definitions page and the SOII Handbook of Methods. For more information on CFOI program concepts, see the definitions page and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.
Last Modified Date: February 11, 2022