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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 $14.35 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.72 per hour on the lower side but can approach $19.52 on the higher side. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — nearly one-third — do not have any health coverage, the larger part do receive medical benefits and close to one-half have dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,271 - $51,521
(Median)
$19K
$33K
$52K
MEDIAN: $33,409
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$9.72 - $19.52
(Median)
$9
$14
$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$19,271 - $51,521  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,023  
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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$20,358 - $43,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.72 - $19.52  
   
Overtime
$13.78 - $30.56  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,023  
   
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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$20,358 - $43,792  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 266

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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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Many Dock Workers move into an Operations Supervisor role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income 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 $28K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dock Worker


Dock Workers flock to Con-Way, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $34K lead the pack in compensation.

Employees of FedEx Freight can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $32K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $21K to $60K.


Pay by Experience Level for Dock Worker

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


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $29K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $30K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $34K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $33K.

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Experience Affects Dock Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

National Average
$30,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 33%
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