Loader Salary

A sizeable majority of Loaders in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $12.08 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by the specific employer and geography. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a third — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$17,754 - $67,916
(Median)
$18K
$42K
$68K
MEDIAN: $41,693
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90%

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$8.87 - $17.93
(Median)
$8
$12
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$17,754 - $67,916  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
Total Pay (?
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$18,565 - $42,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.87 - $17.93  
   
Overtime
$13.72 - $27.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,565 - $42,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 342
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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.

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Loader Tasks

  • 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., Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, PepsiCo Inc, and The Home Depot Inc. Loaders flock to Wal-Mart Stores, Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $35K lead the pack in compensation; however, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $18K at one end to $42K at the other end.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $17K to just $26K — but Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $19K.


Survey takers who work as Loaders report a focused set of job skills. ETL and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those listing Customer Service as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Loader

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $25K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $31K. Loaders with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $35K. Loaders who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $48K.

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Experience Affects Loader Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 80%

Experienced
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Loader Salaries

ETL (Extract, transform, load)
up arrow 17%

National Average
$27,000

Customer Service
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 28%
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