Dock Worker Salary

Men account for the majority of Dock Workers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $14.52 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by the company and geographic location. Although the larger part have medical coverage and half have dental coverage, nearly one in three claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$19,271 - $51,521
(Median)
$19K
$33K
$52K
MEDIAN: $33,409
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90%

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$9.77 - $19.43
(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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$20,445 - $43,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.77 - $19.43  
   
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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$20,445 - $43,494  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 295
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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 often transition into Operations Supervisor positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Operations Supervisors earn $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


Con-Way, Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $36K.


Dock Workers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know Fork lift command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like forklift.

Pay by Experience Level for Dock Worker

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


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $30K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $30K on average. For Dock Workers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $35K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $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
97 %

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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