Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

risk level
Based on 69 votes
by year 2032
or $17.36 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

100% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

User poll

82% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's very probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 100% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand' job openings is expected to rise 6.0% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand' was $36,110, or $17 per hour

'Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand' were paid 22.0% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 2,934,050 people employed as 'Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand' within the United States.

This represents around 2.0% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 50 people are employed as 'Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand'.

Job description

Manually move freight, stock, luggage, or other materials, or perform other general labor. Includes all manual laborers not elsewhere classified.

SOC Code: 53-7062.00


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Joe says
The only warehouse job that's somewhat difficult to automate is picking. Every other job can be automated. It's just a matter of time.
Mar 08, 2023 at 05:22 AM
Joe says
Amazon can literally use robots to automate their entire warehouse. The only thing robots somewhat struggle with is picking, but they improved dramatically over a few years. The only thing that can stop warehouses from becoming completely automated would be the cost of the robotics and the maintenance costs.
Feb 02, 2023 at 11:24 AM
Sebastian Aguilar (Uncertain) says
With the industry, it could go either way since there will be the need to understand when physical eyes will need to be present to analyze the workplace. No majority of a population is going to change their career to engineering to be able to program every individual machine to perfection and eliminate that situation of environmental disaster.
Sep 13, 2019 at 05:56 PM

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