How Much Money Does a Dock Builder Make?

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A dock builder uses various construction methods and materials such as wood, steel and aluminum to build docks on and along a waterfront. These workers follow dock building regulations, established by the state and region, to prevent environmental and safety problems with the docks they build. Dock builders need to be aware of the type of soil in the waterbed, water depth and changes in water depth, as well as dock design types. The job title of dock builder falls under the broader career category of "carpenter," in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports.

Hourly Wage

The mean hourly wage for carpenters, including dock builders, was $21.10 in 2010, according to the BLS. The median hourly wage was $19.00. The lowest paid 10 percent earned an hourly wage of $11.85 or less, while the lowest paid 25 percent earned an hourly wage of $14.76 or less. The highest paid 25 percent earned an hourly wage of $25.90 or more, while the highest paid 10 percent earned an hourly wage of $34.45.

Annual Wage

The mean annual wage for carpenters was $43,890 in 2010, the BLS reports. The median salary was $39,530. The lowest paid 10 percent earned an annual wage of $24,650 or less, while the lowest paid 25 percent earned an annual wage of $30,710 or less. The highest paid 25 percent earned an annual wage of $53,880 or more, while the highest paid 10 percent earned an annual wage of $71,660 or more.

Industry

How much a dock builder makes varies by industry. Carpenters and dock builders employed in the residential building construction industry earned a mean hourly wage of $19.72, and an annual mean wage of $41,010 in 2010, while those employed in the nonresidential building construction industry earned a mean hourly wage of $23.19, and an annual mean wage of $48,230, according to the BLS. Dock builders employed in the "other heavy and civil engineering construction" industry earned an hourly mean wage of $20.92, and an annual wage of $43,510.

Geographical Location

According to 2010 BLS reports, Hawaii was the top paying state for carpenters that year, with an hourly mean wage of $31.81, and an annual mean wage of $66,170, while Texas was the one of the lowest paying states, with an hourly mean wage of $15.59, and an annual mean wage of $32,430. Alaska was also a top paying state for carpenters and dock builders in 2010, with an hourly mean wage of $29.14 and an annual mean wage of $60,600.

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