First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand
SOC: 53-1021.00


Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of helpers, laborers, or material movers.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
173,100 employed

Projected (2024):
176,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Agency Operator
  • Aircraft Cleaning Supervisor
  • Boat and Plant Utility Supervisor
  • Building Materials or Lumber Yard Supervisor
  • Car Cleaning Supervisor
  • Car Wash Supervisor
  • Carpenter Labor Supervisor
  • Chute Boss
  • Circus Supervisor
  • Circus Train Supervisor
  • Cleaning Supervisor
  • Cotton Header
  • Dock Boss
  • Field Pipe Lines Supervisor
  • Floor Supervisor
  • Foreman
  • Freight Loading Supervisor
  • Front Line Supervisor
  • Gang Boss
  • Gang Leader
  • Gang Supervisor
  • Garbage Collector Supervisor
  • Gas Pumping Station Supervisor
  • Grading Supervisor
  • Grip Boss
  • Hatch Boss
  • Hatch Supervisor
  • Labor Supervisor
  • Labor Utilization Superintendent
  • Load Out Supervisor
  • Loading and Unloading Supervisor
  • Mail Handlers Supervisor
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Material Handling Crew Supervisor
  • Material Handling Warehouse Supervisor
  • Materials Supervisor
  • Package Center Supervisor
  • Parking Lot Supervisor
  • Parts Manager
  • Platform Material Handler Manager
  • Platform Material Handling Supervisor
  • Preload Supervisor
  • Pumping Supervisor
  • Reactor Fueling Supervisor
  • Receiving Lead
  • Receiving Manager
  • Receiving Supervisor
  • Recycling Manager
  • Recycling Operator
  • Refuse Collector Supervisor
  • Rigger Supervisor
  • Scrap Preparation Supervisor
  • Section Supervisor
  • Shipping Manager
  • Shipping Supervisor
  • Stevedoring Superintendent
  • Stevedoring Supervisor
  • Tank Cleaning Supervisor
  • Terminal Operations Manager
  • Trash Collector Supervisor
  • Yard Foreman
  • Yard Supervisor

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Plan work schedules and assign duties to maintain adequate staff for effective performance of activities and response to fluctuating workloads.
  • Collaborate with workers and managers to solve work-related problems.
  • Review work throughout the work process and at completion to ensure that it has been performed properly.
  • Transmit and explain work orders to laborers.
  • Check specifications of materials loaded or unloaded against information contained in work orders.
  • Inform designated employees or departments of items loaded or problems encountered.
  • Examine freight to determine loading sequences.
  • Evaluate employee performance and prepare performance appraisals.
  • Perform the same work duties as those supervised or perform more difficult or skilled tasks or assist in their performance.
  • Prepare and maintain work records and reports of information such as employee time and wages, daily receipts, or inspection results.
  • Conduct staff meetings to relay general information or to address specific topics, such as safety.
  • Counsel employees in work-related activities, personal growth, or career development.
  • Inspect equipment for wear and for conformance to specifications.
  • Resolve personnel problems, complaints, or formal grievances when possible, or refer them to higher-level supervisors for resolution.
  • Recommend or initiate personnel actions, such as promotions, transfers, or disciplinary measures.
  • Assess training needs of staff and arrange for or provide appropriate instruction.
  • Schedule times of shipment and modes of transportation for materials.
  • Quote prices to customers.
  • Estimate material, time, and staffing requirements for a given project, based on work orders, job specifications, and experience.
  • Provide assistance in balancing books, tracking, monitoring, or projecting a unit's budget needs and in developing unit policies and procedures.
  • Inspect job sites to determine the extent of maintenance or repairs needed.
  • Participate in the hiring process by reviewing credentials, conducting interviews, or making hiring decisions or recommendations.
  • Inventory supplies and requisition or purchase additional items, as necessary.
  • Maintain a safe working environment by monitoring safety procedures and equipment.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Banding machines
  • Barcode scanners
  • Claw hammers
  • Desktop computers
  • Dollies
  • Forklifts
  • Glue guns
  • Hand planes
  • Hand saws
  • Handtrucks
  • Hoisting hooks
  • Hydraulic jacks
  • Hydraulic winches
  • Lift trucks
  • Material-hoisting slings
  • Overhead cranes
  • Pallet jacks
  • Personal computers
  • Power hoists
  • Power saws
  • Scaffolding
  • Tape guns
  • Utility knives
  • Corel WordPerfect Office
  • Employee scheduling software
  • Inventory control software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Sage ERP Accpac
  • SAP software
  • Time and attendance software
  • Warehouse management software

  • transportation and material moving

    industry stats

    SOC: 53-0000

    Total Employed: 9,536,610

    Average Annual Salary: $35,160