Men represent the vast majority of Dock Workers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $15.11 per hour nationwide. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by close to one-half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$19,000 - $57,391
(Median)
$19K
$32K
$57K
MEDIAN: $32,149
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90%

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$10.20 - $19.74
(Median)
$10
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$19,000 - $57,391  
   
Bonus
$100.00 - $3,800  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$21,327 - $44,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $19.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.42  
Overtime
$15.22 - $30.62  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$100.00 - $3,800  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$21,327 - $44,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 381
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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. More often than not, a Tractor-Trailer Driver role is the next step for Dock Workers moving up in the field. Tractor-Trailer Drivers usually make $42K per year. Many other Dock Workers choose to take on a Forklift Operator role, where salaries are typically $29K.

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Known for taking on a considerable number of Dock Workers, FedEx Freight, ABF Freight System, Inc., Con-Way, Inc., United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., and YRC Worldwide Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Dock Workers flock to Con-Way, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $40K lead the pack in compensation.

Pay by Experience Level for Dock Worker

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $31K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $34K. On average, Dock Workers make $37K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Dock Worker with more than 20 years of experience can earn $42K on average.

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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

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Dock Worker Salaries

Shipping
up arrow 15%

Fork lift
up arrow 11%

forklift
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Forklift Operator
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National Average
$32,000

Dock Worker
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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