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 $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.

$11.04 - $21.07
$11
$17
$21
MEDIAN: $16.68
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.04 - $21.07  
   
Overtime
$13.91 - $33.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$305.21  
   
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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$23,208 - $46,663  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 125

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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.

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Dockworker Tasks

  • 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


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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.

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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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Key Stats for Dockworker

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Dockworker Salaries

Late-Career
▲28%

Experienced
▲4%

Mid-Career
▲1%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None: 40%
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