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Grain Unloader Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$49,236 (USD)

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Last updated: May 22, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Grain Unloader is $49,236 a year and $24 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Grain Unloader is between $36,464 and $59,856. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Chicago, Illinois.

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Job Summary

  • Dumps materials, such as coal, chemicals, flue dust, grain, ore, sugar, and salt, into and from railway cars, trucks, or other vehicles, according to specific instructions: positions and blocks vehicles by signaling locomotive engineer or truck driver, heavy, or by using winch and car jack or powered tractor to spot cars and set brakes.
  • Positions spout, chute, and conveyor over or into car, truck, bin, or storage pile, and opens slide in spout or chute to start flow of material into or from vehicles.
  • Positions vehicle over storage bin and opens air valve, side door, or car hopper door; starts conveyors, pneumatic conveyors, or elevators; and adjusts dampers to feed materials to specified bin.
  • May use power scoop to pull grain from car into receiving chute.
  • May collect grain sample, using probe.
  • May drive truck onto ramp, secure it with blocks, and attach hook from electric hoist to front end of trailer or truck and push button to activate hoist or move lever of hydraulic lift to elevate front end of truck as tailgate is opened to dump material.
  • May vibrate hopper to facilitate flow into slurry pit, using airhammer.
  • May open solvent tank valve and start pump to wash and transfer residue of materials to saturator and other tanks.
  • May observe pressure gauges and adjust valves to maintain specified pumping pressure.
  • May record car identifying information, such as weight and volume of material loaded and number of cars dumped or filled.
Grain Unloader Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Crane and Tower Operators

Job family population: 43,660

Estimated population of Grain Unloader jobs: 986

Rate of error: 2.8%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
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About Chicago, Illinois

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Description: Chicago ( (listen), locally also ), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,716,450 (2017), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States. Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated...

Grain Unloader Job Listings for Chicago, Illinois

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Plant Manager
May 9
Michigan City, IN, USA
PHM Brands, LLC
Manage grain, milling and production line operations, including food safety, plant quality ... Demonstrated scheduling and process optimization for Bulk loading/unloading, warehouse and/or ...
Plant Production Manager
May 9
Michigan City, IN, USA
PHM Brands, LLC
Grain Storage Management * Food Manufacturing / Processing * Strong Interpersonal Skills ... Demonstrated scheduling and process optimization for Bulk loading/unloading, warehouse and/or ...
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Newark, IL, USA
Ensure on time loading and unloading and communicate with customers and operators if delays occur. ... Fork Lift experience CHS is a diversified Fortune 100 company providing essential grain, food and ...
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