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.

$19,793 - $65,574
(Median)
$20K
$36K
$66K
MEDIAN: $36,136
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50%
90%

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$9.22 - $18.99
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$19,793 - $65,574  
   
Bonus
$16.77 - $5,271  
Profit Sharing
$675  
Commission
$12,075  
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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$19,664 - $42,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.22 - $18.99  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$13.53 - $30.21  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
)
$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$16.77 - $5,271  
   
Commission
$12,075  
Profit Sharing
$675  
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).
)
$19,664 - $42,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 539
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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.

Common Career Paths for Loader


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Loaders often transition into Warehouse Supervisor positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Warehouse Supervisors earn $41K per year.

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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.

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Experience Affects Loader Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 71%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Loader Salaries


forklift
up arrow 10%

Loader
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National Average
$28,000

LoadRunner
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Customer Service
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Logistics
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Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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