Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Dockworkers earn an average of $16.59 per hour. Although close to two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Most Dockworkers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$10.91 - $21.04
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$17
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.91 - $21.04  
   
Overtime
$13.91 - $33.06  
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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$23,019 - $46,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 126

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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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It's not very common for Dockworkers to move on to become Operations Supervisors. Average pay for an Operations Supervisor is $49K annually. Dockworkers go on to become Dock Workers more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $32K. Dockworkers who move into a Tractor-Trailer Driver role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $43K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dockworker

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


Dockworkers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $34K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $36K. On average, Dockworkers make $37K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Dockworker generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $46K.

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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
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Dockworker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 29%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
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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 14 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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