Men account for the majority of Dockworkers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $16.77 per hour. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Although approximately two in five lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and over one-half get dental coverage, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Hourly Rate||$11.14 - $21.58|
|Overtime||$13.73 - $33.68|
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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).)
|$23,414 - $49,420|
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. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
- 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
Dockworkers do not often transition into Operations Supervisor roles. The role averages $49K per year. 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
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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