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Laborers and Material Mover Salary Information

The salary statistics of laborers and material movers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of laborers and material movers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of laborers and material movers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The laborers and material movers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Laborers and Material Mover Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,170
25th Percentile Wage
$21,630
50th Percentile Wage
$25,680
75th Percentile Wage
$32,890
90th Percentile Wage
$41,860

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for laborers and material movers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) laborers and material movers is $41,860. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $25,680. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,170. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 118% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of laborers and material movers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$25,680
3.74% 11.33%
2016
$24,720
3.20% -
2015
$23,930
2.30% -
2014
$23,380
1.88% -
2013
$22,940
0.74% -
2012
$22,770
- -

Table 2. Laborers and Material Mover Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of laborers and material movers in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for laborers and material movers occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $39,640. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $22,170).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$39,640
Federal, State, and Local Government
$33,580
Mining
$32,330
Construction
$31,370
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$28,790
Wholesale Trade
$28,430
Transportation and Warehousing
$28,190
Manufacturing
$28,170
Educational Services
$28,050
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$28,030
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$27,100
Information
$26,500
Finance and Insurance
$26,050
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$24,870
Accommodation and Food Services
$24,840
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$23,970
Retail Trade
$23,790
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$23,560
Health Care and Social Assistance
$22,690
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$22,170



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