In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $28K, just over two-fifths of overall earnings for Loaders arrives through commissions. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by geography and the specific company. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Loader
Loaders hold a physically demanding position requiring the ability to work long hours with continuous attention to detail, as well as the ability to use equipment such as a forklift and handcart. Typical tasks performed by loaders include securely loading and unloading product and items while maintaining accurate inventory and transfer reports. Loaders work under a supervisor who monitors their work for quality and quantity; however, it is the responsibility of the loader to secure inventory and monitor vehicles to ensure reliability and report any damages immediately. Loaders interact on a regular basis with route drivers and are expected to communicate with these drivers in an effective, timely manner to meet deadlines and facilitate the transfer process. Customer interaction, though infrequent, must be handled professionally and tactfully.Read More...
Shifts for loaders are often between two and nine hours, and a typical day involves preparing work areas, driving trucks in the receiving yard, checking inventory against stock, and loading and unloading trucks. Loaders may work weekdays and/or weekends, as well as holidays when necessary. These individuals often work both indoors in a warehouse environment and outdoors in a receiving yard.
Loader positions generally require at least a high school diploma or equivalent, and previous experience in a similar position may be required or preferred. Loaders should have a strong work ethic, reliability, and attention to safety, as well as a valid driver's license and reliable transportation to the workplace. They should also be able to read transfer sheets, have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds repeatedly throughout a shift, and be able to stand for long periods.
- Call vendors for pick ups or returns.
- Perform packaging, handling, transportation and other related shipping duties.
- Maintain inventory management of the sub-inventory.
- Inspect documents that are present from external suppliers.
- Perform filling work orders in a timely manner.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Loader
Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Loaders include United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., The Home Depot Inc., and PepsiCo Inc. Pepsi Bottling Group leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $34K. Also paying near the top of the field are Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $33K, PepsiCo Inc at $28K, and United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., where Loaders annually earn $23K.
Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are The Home Depot Inc. ($22K), Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. ($23K), and United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. ($23K).
Pay by Experience Level for Loader
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Loaders, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $26K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $33K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $36K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $48K on average.