Dock Worker Salary

Men make up the majority of Dock Workers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $14.71 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but experience level and the specific company are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and about one-half have dental, too. Though the majority of Dock Workers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,727 - $55,752
(Median)
$20K
$36K
$56K
MEDIAN: $35,607
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$9.90 - $19.45
(Median)
$9
$15
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$19,727 - $55,752  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,021  
Profit Sharing
$550  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,726 - $45,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.90 - $19.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$14.75 - $29.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,021  
   
Profit Sharing
$550  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$20,726 - $45,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 367
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Job Description for Dock Worker

Dock workers are skilled employees who work in a fast-paced, physically intense work environment. They work in a variety of facilities that require freight services, such as retailers, meat and poultry processing facilities, and companies in the industrial and construction fields. Their main duties include verifying the contents of freight shipments, comparing invoices for shipments to the actual products or materials received, preparing reports such as shipping orders and inventories, and weighing and documenting of outgoing shipments. They are also in charge of performing recordkeeping for damages or other inventory discrepancies, bringing damages or other shipment concerns to management, contacting other parties, such as freight companies or wholesalers to dictate instructions for outgoing and incoming parcels, and using a sorting, organization, or inventory system to process goods.

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Dock Worker Tasks

  • Unload, sort, stack, and identify all products to maximize space and weight distribution.
  • Verify that documentation matches freight and document incoming and outgoing freight.
  • Operate motorized and manual equipment including forklifts, pallet trucks, and hand trucks to handle freight.

Common Career Paths for Dock Worker


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Dock Workers who move on to become Operations Supervisors may enjoy significant pay raises, as Operations Supervisors get paid an average of $49K per year. The most common promotion for Dock Workers is Tractor-Trailer Driver, a position that typically pays $42K annually. Another standard transition for Dock Workers seeking advancement is to assume a Forklift Operator role, where pay is often $29K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dock Worker


For Dock Workers, comfortable salaries can be found at Con-Way, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $38K, the highest in the area.


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Dock Workers who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Fork lift, Forklift Operator, forklift, and Shipping are correlated to pay that is above average. Shipping, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Dock Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Dock Workers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $31K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $31K. Dock Workers bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Dock Worker Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dock Worker in Phoenix:
"Not everyone does the right thing."
Always do the best job you can do, do unto others as you'd have done to you. Don't be afraid to question authority because they don't always know the situation as well as you do.

What is it like working as a Dock Worker?

Dock Worker in Riverside:
"Very weather based. Physical and demanding but enjoyable."
Pros: The work is simple. Its physical and fast paced. If the weather is nice I like being outside.
Cons: Terrible pay. Bad management. No communication.

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Experience Affects Dock Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

National Average
$31,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Dock Worker Salaries

Fork lift
up arrow 18%

Forklift Operator
up arrow 7%

National Average
$31,000

forklift
up arrow 2%

Shipping
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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