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.
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. 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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