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The U.S. Department of Labor reports that tank car, truck, and ship loaders made a median hourly wage of $20.36, or $42,360 a year, in May 2019. Salaries ranged from less than $28,090 to $76,050 or more. Those who worked in the inland water transportation industry earned an average salary of $46,370. Stevedores receive extra pay for handling certain difficult or dangerous cargoes and for working overtime, nights, or holidays. In addition to earnings, full-time workers usually receive good benefits packages that may include pension plans, paid holiday and vacation days, and health insurance.

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