Interactive: How much can a longshoreman make?


Wages for West Coast longshoremen vary widely depending on experience, skill and time of day worked. Hourly base pay ranges from $25.71 to $41.48, but workers can earn significant premiums for overtime or late shifts. See how the numbers add up.

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In addition to how long they've worked, longshoremen are paid in relation to the specialty of the skills they possess. Choose a skill to see how valuable it is.

  • I have no special skills
  • Boom man
  • Bulldozer operator
  • Crane chaser
  • Gang boss
  • Guy man
  • Hatch tender
  • Holdman
  • Lift truck operator
  • Payloader operator
  • Sack turner
  • Side runner
  • Tractor (semi-truck) driver (on dock)
  • Winch driver
  • Locomotive operator
  • Log stacker operator
  • Shipboard Munck crane operator
  • Shipboard whirley
  • Transtainer operator
  • Portainer/hammerhead
  • Portpacker
  • Reachstacker
  • Strad driver
  • Transtainer

*Annual pay assumptions may not hold true for every worker, because longshoremen can work a mix of day, night or overnight shifts. The amount of overtime can vary highly for each worker, and not all workers can get 40 hours a week.

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