Dockworker Salary

Dockworkers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $15.40 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $10.27 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $20.48. For the most part, Dockworkers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. More than two-fifths of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and just over a half claim dental coverage as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$10.27 - $20.48
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.27 - $20.48  
   
Overtime
$15.83 - $31.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
   
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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$21,604 - $44,274  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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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. The most common career progression for Dockworkers leads to becoming a Dock Worker, where pay is typically $32K. However, many Dockworkers also opt to become Tractor-Trailer Drivers, a position that pays $42K on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Dockworker

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $32K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $33K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Dockworkers make a median salary of $33K. Dockworkers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $40K.

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Experience Affects Dockworker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$33,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 42%
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