Dockworker Salary

Men make up the majority of Dockworkers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $15.40 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $10.27 per hour, and the top verges on $20.48. For the most part, Dockworkers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although more than two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a little more than half get dental coverage, too.

$10.27 - $20.48
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.27 - $20.48  
   
Overtime
$15.83 - $31.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
   
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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$21,604 - $44,274  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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Job Description for Dockworker

  • 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 Dockworker


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Though not the most common occurrence, Dockworkers sometimes become Operations Supervisors, where the average income is $49K per year. Given that the median pay is $32K, it may be surprising to find that a Dock Worker is the most common role for Dockworkers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Tractor-Trailer Driver role — which pays $42K — is also typical for Dockworkers, though less common by comparison.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dockworker

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $32K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $33K. For Dockworkers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $33K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $40K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Dockworker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$33,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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