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Material Moving Worker Salary Information

The salary statistics of material moving workers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of material moving workers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of material moving workers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The material moving workers 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. Material Moving Worker Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for material moving workers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) material moving workers is $45,240. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $26,240. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,780. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 140% 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 material moving workers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

Table 2. Material Moving Worker Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of material moving workers 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 material moving workers occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $53,440. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $20,840).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
Transportation and Warehousing
Wholesale Trade
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Educational Services
Finance and Insurance
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Accommodation and Food Services
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Retail Trade
Health Care and Social Assistance
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)

Table 3. Salaries of Material Moving Worker Related Occupations


Highest paying industries for material moving workers.