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Transportation and Material Moving Occupation Profiles


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Distinct Groups (52): https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes530000.htm
Employment: 9,731,790
Mean Hourly Wage: $17.34
Mean Annual Wage: $36,070
Largest Employment Category—Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand—2,587,900
Smallest Employment CategoryLocomotive Firers—1,210
Wage Estimates for the entire group can be found here


The Transportation and Material Moving occupation profiles compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in May 2016 and modified in March 2017) include specific information about 52 distinct occupational job types

Explore the qualifications and nature of each job type through links on this page and throughout the site.

Of these 52 job types, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has designated the following as having a Bright Outlook status, meaning they are projected to display “Rapid Growth” and/or “Numerous Job Openings” during the period between 2016-2026. “Rapid Growth” means the category is projected to grow faster than average (employment increase of 10% or more), and “Numerous Job Openings” is defined as projected to have 100,000 or more job openings during this time period.

Ambulance Drivers and Attendants (excluding Emergency Medical Technicians) Rapid Growth Video
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants Rapid Growth Video
Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment Rapid Growth Video
Flight Attendants  Rapid Growth Video
Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Numerous Job Openings Video
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand Numerous Job Openings Video
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services Numerous Job Openings Video
Motor Vehicle Operators Rapid Growth Video
Packers and Packagers, Hand Numerous Job Openings Video
Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers Rapid Growth Video
Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors Rapid Growth Video
Wellhead Pumpers Rapid Growth Video

Fast Facts: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) estimates that 9,731,790 are employed in this occupational group earn the “mean annual wage” (as defined below) of $36,070.

If you are interested in assessing long-term trends and comparing the Bureau’s annual surveys beginning in 1988 see here

In general, the “mean” is the sum of the total values (e.g., wages) in the data set or survey divided by number of values (while the “median” is the middle value in same the sequence. The term “mean annual wage” (or “MAW”) is calculated by multiplying the mean hourly wage as determined by the BLS by a “year-round, full-time” hours figure of 2,080 hours. So, for example, the Transportation and Material Moving group’s mean hourly wage of $17.34, multiplied by 2,080, results in the mean annual wage of $36,070.

Did you know? The Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area is runner-up – including metro and nonmetro areas – for both the top paying and the highest concentration categories for this occupation with a 138.73 per 1,000 jobs ratio and an annual mean wage of $53,390, representing a major premium over the occupation’s overall mean of $36,070. The metro area of Anchorage, AK is the top paying at $55,760 and Houma-Thibodaux, LA has the highest concentration of jobs with a 140.23 per 1,000 jobs ratio.

Highest Paid (mean annual wage)

Lowest Paid (from the lowest)

For the entire list of mean annual wages for this occupation (from highest to lowest), see here.

Sources: In addition to specific citations noted, supplementary source materials include the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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