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Stevedores, commonly known as longshore workers or dockworkers, handle cargo at ports, often using materials-handling machinery and gear. They load and unload ships at docks and transfer cargo to and from storage areas or other transports, such as trucks and barges. Members of the water transportation industry, stevedores are employed at ports all over the United States. The concentration of jobs is at the large ports on the coasts, and experienced skilled workers hold most of the positions.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $75,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits


Hands On


Career Ladder
Pier Superintendent

Stevedoring Superintendent

Header or Gang Boss

Forklift, Winch, or Other Equipment Operator

Cargo Loader/Unloader