Dock Worker Salary (United States)

Male Dock Workers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $13.27 per hour in the United States. Pay starts at $9.63 per hour and can approach $19.30 on the higher side. Although a majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, about a third claim no health benefits at all. Most Dock Workers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This outline is based on answers 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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MEDIAN: $13.00
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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Compensation usually increases greatly for Dock Workers who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Operations Supervisor may make an additional $19,644 per year than lower-end positions.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dock Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
At career start, salaries are typically $27K, which grows to $30K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $33K after one to two decades. Unfortunately, Dock Workers with considerable experience—two decades in the field—see paychecks plunge to $31K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 17 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 11 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

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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
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 23 votes.

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%
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