Dock Worker Salary

Men make up the majority of Dock Workers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $15.30 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the company and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Some workers in this field — more than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. Job satisfaction for Dock Workers is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$24,085 - $56,673
$24K
$35K
$57K
MEDIAN: $35,000
10%
50%
90%

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$10.19 - $20.30
$10
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.34
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$0$56K
Salary $24,085 - $56,673
Bonus $201.34 - $2,553
Profit Sharing $1,001
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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$21,351 - $47,004
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 15
Hourly Data $0$31
Hourly Rate $10.19 - $20.30
Hourly Tips $1.22
Overtime $17.56 - $31.71
Annual Data $0$47K
Bonus $201.34 - $2,553
Profit Sharing $1,001
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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$21,351 - $47,004
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 349

Job Description for Dock Worker

Dock workers are skilled employees who work in a fast-paced, physically intense work environment. They work in a variety of facilities that require freight services, such as retailers, meat and poultry processing facilities, and companies in the industrial and construction fields. Their main duties include verifying the contents of freight shipments, comparing invoices for shipments to the actual products or materials received, preparing reports such as shipping orders and inventories, and weighing and documenting of outgoing shipments. They are also in charge of performing recordkeeping for damages or other inventory discrepancies, bringing damages or other shipment concerns to management, contacting other parties, such as freight companies or wholesalers to dictate instructions for outgoing and incoming parcels, and using a sorting, organization, or inventory system to process goods.

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Dock Worker Tasks

  • 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 Dock Worker


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Dock Workers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Operations Supervisor, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $49K per year. The most common promotion for Dock Workers is Tractor-Trailer Driver, a position that typically pays $43K annually. Another standard transition for Dock Workers seeking advancement is to assume a Forklift Operator role, where pay is often $29K.

Dock Worker Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Dock Worker


Many Dock Workers can be found at FedEx Freight, Con-Way, Inc., YRC Worldwide Inc., ABF Freight System, Inc., and XPO Logistics, firms that are at the top of the field. Con-Way, Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $40K.

Pay by Experience Level for Dock Worker

Pay by Experience for a Dock Worker has a positive trend. An entry-level Dock Worker with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 260 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dock Worker with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 88 salaries. An experienced Dock Worker which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 63 salaries. A Dock Worker with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 26 salaries.

Dock Worker Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Dock Worker?

Dock Worker in Riverside:
"Very weather based. Physical and demanding but enjoyable."
Pros: The work is simple. Its physical and fast paced. If the weather is nice I like being outside.
Cons: Terrible pay. Bad management. No communication.

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Key Stats for Dock Worker

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Dock Worker Salaries

Late-Career
▲17%

Experienced
▲10%

Mid-Career
▲5%

National Average
$33,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Dock Worker Salaries

Shipping
▲13%

Fork lift
▲9%

forklift
▲7%

Forklift Operator
▲2%

National Average
$33,000

Dock Worker
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 36%