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Wharf Operator Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$44,245 (USD)

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Last updated: May 21, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Wharf Operator is $44,245 a year and $21 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Wharf Operator is between $33,084 and $53,564. 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

  • Connects hose couplings to enable liquid cargo, such as petroleum, gasoline, heating oil, sulfuric acid, and alum liquor, to be pumped from and into barges and tankers: reads timetable to determine name of ship, location of pier, and number and types of hoses to be connected.
  • Climbs aboard ship and lowers measuring tape and thermometer into each tank to measure depth and temperature of liquid cargo to be unloaded.
  • Positions coupling of pier hose next to valve of ship, using winch and boom, and connects coupling to valve, using wrench.
  • Attaches ground wire to hose to prevent explosion caused by static electricity generated when liquid cargo flows through hose.
  • Opens valve to allow flow of cargo through hose and signals worker aboard ship to start pumps to unload cargo.
  • Signals worker aboard ship to pump ballast from cargo tanks in order to prepare transfer of cargo onto ship.
  • Signals worker on shore to pump liquid cargo onto ship.
  • May be designated according to water vessel loaded as barge loader.
Wharf Operator Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Tank Car, Truck, and Ship Loaders

Job family population: 10,300

Estimated population of Wharf Operator jobs: 278

Rate of error: 13.1%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %


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