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Dock Worker Salary (United States)

Dock Workers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $13.27 per hour. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by a little over a half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Dock Worker Salary (?
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$20,608 - $49,176
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MEDIAN: $33,389
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Dock Worker Salary (?
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$9.63 - $19.30
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,608 - $49,176  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
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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$20,300 - $42,708  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.63 - $19.30  
   
Overtime
$13.28 - $31.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
   
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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$20,300 - $42,708  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 207
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary transition into upper-level roles like Operations Supervisor. It is not uncommon for an Operations Supervisor to earn $48K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dock Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $27K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $30K. Dock Workers bring in $32K after working for 10 to 20 years. For some reason, Dock Workers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $31K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — more than half of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one-sixth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise around one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

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Experience Affects Dock Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 11%
Late-Career
up arrow 7%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$29,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 31%