Dockworker Salary

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.

$11.14 - $21.58
$11
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.86
10%
50%
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Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $11.14 - $21.58
Overtime $13.73 - $33.68
Annual Data $0$49K
Bonus $305.21
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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$23,414 - $49,420
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 14 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 118

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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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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Key Stats for Dockworker

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Dockworker Salaries

Late-Career
▲26%

Experienced
▲2%

National Average
$36,000

Mid-Career
▼1%

Entry-Level
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 60%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 40%