Cargo Handlers


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Cargo Handlers

Cargo Handlers - Wages & Trends

Wages vary by the area of the country and the type of freight moved. Freight handlers often receive extra pay for working with difficult or dangerous cargo. In addition, freight handlers who belong to a union often receive higher wages than non-union workers.

Freight handlers who work full time usually receive benefits. Typical benefits include sick leave, paid vacation, and health insurance. Some employers also provide a retirement plan.

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers, hand (SOC 53-7062)
Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $12.50 $14.80 $18.51
Yearly $26,007 $30,782 $38,502
    Champaign Area Hourly $11.94 $14.09 $16.48
Yearly $24,827 $29,303 $34,276
    Charleston-Effingham-Centralia Area Hourly $12.83 $16.49 $19.14
Yearly $26,693 $34,295 $39,806
    Cook County Hourly $12.45 $14.55 $18.22
Yearly $25,896 $30,268 $37,906
    Decatur Area Hourly $11.82 $15.16 $21.83
Yearly $24,579 $31,540 $45,408
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $12.31 $14.72 $18.72
Yearly $25,609 $30,624 $38,936
    Du Page County Hourly $12.97 $15.21 $18.69
Yearly $26,970 $31,639 $38,869
    Edwardsville Area Hourly $11.56 $14.16 $18.20
Yearly $24,045 $29,461 $37,860
    Jacksonville-Carlinville-Litchfield Area Hourly $13.27 $15.79 $20.57
Yearly $27,597 $32,839 $42,788
    Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area Hourly $12.29 $14.86 $18.36
Yearly $25,566 $30,904 $38,190
    Lake County Hourly $12.41 $14.29 $17.16
Yearly $25,821 $29,731 $35,700
    McHenry County Hourly $12.62 $15.44 $19.85
Yearly $26,247 $32,112 $41,280
    Mt. Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area Hourly $11.69 $14.51 $18.51
Yearly $24,306 $30,190 $38,496
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $13.24 $15.96 $19.36
Yearly $27,538 $33,202 $40,271
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $12.57 $15.43 $19.48
Yearly $26,154 $32,101 $40,511
    Quincy-Macomb-Galesburg Area Hourly $13.98 $17.68 $21.39
Yearly $29,086 $36,781 $44,500
    Rock Island-Moline Area Hourly $13.65 $17.47 $20.13
Yearly $28,385 $36,328 $41,860
    Rockford Area Hourly $13.02 $14.63 $17.34
Yearly $27,079 $30,424 $36,070
    Shawnee National Forest Area Hourly $11.93 $14.47 $17.80
Yearly $24,807 $30,095 $37,025
    Springfield Area Hourly $11.30 $13.00 $16.69
Yearly $23,495 $27,044 $34,716
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $12.73 $15.37 $18.93
Yearly $26,478 $31,979 $39,370
    Vermilion County Hourly $13.70 $17.29 $20.68
Yearly $28,493 $35,961 $43,019
    Will County Hourly $12.52 $14.91 $18.46
Yearly $26,039 $31,005 $38,387
United States Hourly $12.77 $14.96 $18.57
Yearly $26,550 $31,120 $38,620

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.