Men make up the majority of Dockworkers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $16.68 per hour. While some workers in this profession — nearly two in five — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The majority of Dockworkers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Hourly Rate||$11.04 - $21.07|
|Overtime||$13.91 - $33.06|
|Total Pay (||$23,208 - $46,663|
Job Description for Dockworker
Dockworkers load and unload a variety of cargo, from the lumber for building houses to the clothes we wear. This job can be physically strenuous and occasionally require long hours, and dockworkers are primarily responsible for unloading freight from trucks and rail cars using a forklift or by hand.Read More...
Forklifts are commonly used when the freight received is on pallets. When it is not, dockworkers unload trucks by hand using a line of rollers and stack the merchandise on pallets. After the freight is placed on pallets, the forklift is used to transport and store the merchandise. They work primarily indoors, but may also work outdoors, as most freight trucks and rail cars unload their cargo into a warehouse or storage room at the back of a large retailer.
Educational requirements are not strict for this position, though the ability to operate a forklift is strongly recommended and often required. Dockworkers may also use other tools, such as pallet jacks, which raise pallets only inches off the floor to be rolled to other areas in the facility. Dockworkers also load trucks and must know how to brace and balance loads in their trailers, and loading and unloading freight may be done early in the shift so it can then be loaded and prepared to ship to another location. Shifts can be long in this position, and good physical health is important to meet the job's physical demands and keep moving throughout the shift.
- Operate motorized and manual equipment including forklifts, pallet trucks, and hand trucks to handle freight.
- Verify that documentation matches freight and document incoming and outgoing freight.
- Unload, sort, stack, and identify all products to maximize space and weight distribution.
Common Career Paths for Dockworker
Though it's uncommon, some Dockworkers move into roles as Operations Supervisors, where pay is an average $49K per year. More often than not, a Dock Worker role is the next step for Dockworkers moving up in the field. Pay for Dock Workers is usually $32K. Many Dockworkers choose to take on a Tractor-Trailer Driver role instead, where salaries are typically $43K.
Pay by Experience Level for Dockworker
Pay by Experience for a Dockworker has a positive trend. An entry-level Dockworker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 85 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dockworker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 28 salaries. An experienced Dockworker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 18 salaries. A Dockworker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 15 salaries.
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