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Laborers: Freight, Stock and Material Movers, Hand

Manually move freight, stock or other materials, or perform other general labor. Includes all manual laborers not elsewhere classified.


Annual Salary
Hourly Wage

Entry Level






What Hand Laborers and Material Movers Do

Hand laborers and material movers manually move freight, stock or other materials. Others feed or remove material to and from machines, clean vehicles, pick up unwanted household goods and pack materials for moving.

Work Environment

Most hand laborers and material movers work full time. Because materials are shipped around the clock, some workers, especially those in warehousing, work overnight shifts.

How to Become a Hand Laborer or Material Mover

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.

Job Outlook

Employment of hand laborers and material movers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job prospects should be very good because of the need to replace workers who leave these occupations.

Advancement Opportunities

Advance to First-line Supervisor — Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of helpers, laborers or material movers. Annual average salary is $49,737.