Dock Worker Salary

Men account for the majority of Dock Workers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $14.57 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though the specific employer and location have a (lesser) impact as well. Some workers in this field — just under one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by roughly one-half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,000 - $55,000

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$9.76 - $19.47

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$19,000 - $55,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
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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$20,513 - $43,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.76 - $19.47  
   
Overtime
$13.93 - $30.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
   
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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$20,513 - $43,640  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 301
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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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Advancing into an Operations Supervisor role seems to be a popular career move for Dock Workers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $49K per year. The most common career progression for Dock Workers leads to becoming a Tractor-Trailer Driver, where average pay is $42K annually. However, many Dock Workers also opt to become Forklift Operators. Typically, a Forklift Operator brings home $28K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dock Worker


Con-Way, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $38K.


Typical Dock Workers report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Fork lift can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include forklift.

Pay by Experience Level for Dock Worker

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $30K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $30K. Dock Workers bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $35K on average.

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Experience Affects Dock Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$31,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Dock Worker Salaries

Fork lift
up arrow 21%

National Average
$31,000

forklift
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 31%
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