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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,480
25th Percentile Wage
$20,800
50th Percentile Wage
$24,720
75th Percentile Wage
$31,760
90th Percentile Wage
$40,710

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 $40,710. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $24,720. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,480. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 120% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of laborers and material movers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201624,7203.20%7.89%
201523,9302.30%-
201423,3801.88%-
201322,9400.74%-
201222,770--

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 $42,100. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $20,820).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$42,100
Federal, State, and Local Government
$31,240
Mining
$30,730
Construction
$29,660
Transportation and Warehousing
$27,630
Wholesale Trade
$27,460
Manufacturing
$27,260
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$27,250
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$26,430
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$25,930
Educational Services
$25,250
Information
$25,030
Finance and Insurance
$24,820
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$23,930
Accommodation and Food Services
$23,930
Retail Trade
$22,520
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$22,430
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$22,410
Health Care and Social Assistance
$21,720
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$20,820


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