What does a Loader do?

Loaders maintain the inventory of warehouses. They load and unload trucks and operate machinery and keep records of items loaded and unloaded into the warehouse. They work collaboratively with a team to ensure all processes run smoothly and efficiently. They work for various establishments and track deliveries and orders upon arrival and departure. They carry items that have arrived into the warehouse and maintain an inventory log.

Loaders follow safety procedures to prevent injuries while performing heavy lifting and operating warehouse equipment. This includes using required safety gear and handling all machines or moving parts with care. They utilize warehouse space efficiently and place cargo items accordingly. They sweep and mop floors as needed and ensure all items are stored properly. They operate machinery including a forklift, pallet jacks, and shrink wrap machines. Loaders do not have an educational requirement, but prior relevant experience working in a warehouse and being a team player are favorable.

What responsibilities are common for Loader jobs?
  • Responsible for all job site management activities of the rigging crew.
  • Oversee all operation of the shipping department during shift
  • Safely operate a forklift to move raw materials or finished products throughout the manufacturing floor, and out flat bed, or box trucks for shipment.
  • Responsible for loading trucks with product safely and efficiently.
  • Count, verify and manually unload incoming orders and shipments.
  • Oversee daily activities of shippers in the order fulfillment process.
  • Adhere to company policies and procedures. follows department training guidelines, best practices, and operating procedures.
What are the typical qualifications for Loader jobs?
  • High school diploma or Associate's Degree.
  • Loading experience helpful.
  • Strong command of the English language.
  • Ability to lift 75+ pounds repeatedly throughout the day.
  • Requires careful attention to detail.
EducationScience Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Loader Salaries

Average Base Pay

$47,169 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $47K
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Loader Career Path

Learn how to become a Loader, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.


Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7
Not including years spent in education and/or training

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Read what Loader professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Lowe's Home ImprovementLowe's Home Improvement
CSA Pro Loader
Aug 3, 2022

“I got to meet some nice customers and got to help them which made me feel good”

Pike NurseriesPike Nurseries
Aug 4, 2020

“The people I work with are top notch and many have become close friends of mine.”

Lowe's Home ImprovementLowe's Home Improvement
Dec 12, 2020

“The pay was great for me (started off at $13.80 but it may differ for others)”

Feb 16, 2022

“Pay is excellent but still not worth it for everything you have to endure to get it.”

Lowe's Home ImprovementLowe's Home Improvement
Aug 12, 2021

“Management just leaves all of you to do your thing with little to no supervision so this goes unnoticed.”

Parachute Rigger
Aug 15, 2020

“MANY experienced instructors moved to better opportunities after Skydive Surf City sold to GoJump America.”

Front End Loader Operator
Apr 8, 2022

“Good good good and amazing”

Feb 13, 2022

“Great place to work and pay is really good”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Loader

When working as a Loader, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Load Unload, English Language, Protocols, Exhaust and Bilingual.

The most similar professions to Loader are:
  • Packer
  • Material Handler
  • Forklift Operator
  • Warehouse Worker

The most common qualifications to become a Loader is a minimum of a science degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

Related Careers

25% skills overlap
Material Handler
25% skills overlap
Forklift Operator
25% skills overlap
Warehouse Worker
38% skills overlap

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