Dock Worker Salary

A sizeable majority of Dock Workers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $14.50 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and geographic location. Roughly a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and around half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,271 - $51,521
(Median)
$19K
$33K
$52K
MEDIAN: $33,409
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$9.77 - $19.40
(Median)
$9
$15
$19
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 - $1,021  
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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$20,447 - $43,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.77 - $19.40  
   
Overtime
$13.90 - $30.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,021  
   
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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$20,447 - $43,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 298
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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 after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Operations Supervisor, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $49K per year. Going from Dock Worker to Tractor-Trailer Driver is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $42K. Many others choose to work as Forklift Operators, where pay is typically $28K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dock Worker


The biggest paychecks can be found at Con-Way, Inc. — the median salary there is $36K.


Dock Workers report a focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Fork lift can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include forklift.

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 $30K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $30K. Dock Workers bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $34K.

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Experience Affects Dock Worker Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$31,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Dock Worker Salaries

Fork lift
up arrow 22%

National Average
$31,000

forklift
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 32%
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