Men represent the vast majority of Dockworkers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $16.30 per hour nationwide. While just over two-fifths report receiving no health benefits, slightly more than half do receive medical coverage, and just over a half have dental, as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,500 - $54,500
(Median)
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$39K
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MEDIAN: $39,000
50%

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$10.73 - $20.54
(Median)
$11
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$39,000  
   
Bonus
$450.00  
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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$22,884 - $45,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.73 - $20.54  
   
Overtime
$13.79 - $33.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$450.00  
   
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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$22,884 - $45,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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 it's uncommon, some Dockworkers move into roles as Operations Supervisors, where pay is an average $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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $34K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $36K. Dockworkers see a median salary of $35K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Dockworkers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $37K.

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Experience Affects Dockworker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Experienced
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National Average
$35,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 55%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 45%
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