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The U.S. Department of Labor reports that tank car, truck, and ship loaders made a median hourly wage of $16.63, or $36,660 a year, in May 2015. Salaries ranged from less than $22,370 to $69,820 or more. Those who worked in the water transportation industry earned an average salary of $39,640. 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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