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Working As A Distribution Associate

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Processing Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Repetitive

  • $29,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Distribution Associate Do

Material recording clerks track product information in order to keep businesses and supply chains on schedule. They ensure proper scheduling, recordkeeping, and inventory control.

Duties

Material recording clerks typically do the following:

  • Keep records of items shipped, received, or transferred to another location
  • Compile reports on various aspects of changes in production or inventory
  • Find, sort, or move goods between different parts of the business
  • Check inventory records for accuracy

Material recording clerks use computers, tablets, or hand-held devices to keep track of inventory. Sensors and tags enable these computers to automatically detect when and where products are moved, allowing clerks to keep updated reports without manually counting items.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks manage the flow of information, work, and materials within or among offices in a business. They compile reports on the progress of work and on any production problems that arise. These clerks set workers’ schedules, estimate costs, keep track of materials, and write special orders for new materials. They perform general office tasks, such as entering data or distributing mail. Expediting clerks maintain contact with vendors to ensure that supplies and equipment are shipped on time.

Shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks keep track of and record outgoing and incoming shipments. Clerks may scan barcodes with hand-held devices or use radio frequency identification (RFID) scanners to keep track of inventory. They check if shipment orders were correctly processed in their company’s computer system. They also compute freight costs and prepare invoices. Some clerks move goods from the warehouse to the loading dock.

Stock clerks and order fillers receive, unpack, and track merchandise. Stock clerks move products from a warehouse to store shelves. They keep a record of items that enter or leave the stockroom and inspect for damaged goods. These clerks also use hand-held scanners to keep track of merchandise. Order fillers retrieve customer orders and prepare them to be shipped.

Material and product inspecting clerks weigh, measure, check, sample, and keep records on materials, supplies, and equipment that enters a warehouse. They verify the quantity and quality of items they are assigned to examine, checking for defects and recording what they find. They use scales, counting devices, and calculators. Some workers decide what to do about a defective product, such as to scrap it or send it back to the factory to be repaired. Some clerks also prepare reports, such as reports about warehouse inventory levels.

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How To Become A Distribution Associate

Material recording clerks usually need to have a high school diploma and are trained on the job. There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Education

Production, planning, and expediting clerks; shipping, receiving, and traffic clerks; and material and product inspecting clerks need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Production, planning, and expediting clerks need to have basic knowledge of computer applications such as spreadsheet software.

There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks and order fillers.

Training

Material recording clerks usually learn to do their work on the job. Training for most material recording clerks may last less than a month. Production, planning, and expediting clerks’ training can take several months.

Typically, a supervisor or more experienced worker trains new clerks.

Material recording clerks first learn to count stock and mark inventory and then move onto more difficult tasks, such as recordkeeping. Production clerks need to learn how their company operates before they can write production and work schedules.

Advancement

With additional training or education, material recording clerks may advance to other positions within their firm, such as purchasing agent. Clerks in retail establishments can move into the sales department.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Production, planning, and expediting clerks are frequently in contact with suppliers, vendors, and production managers and need to be able to communicate the firm’s scheduling needs effectively.

Customer-service skills. Stock clerks sometimes interact with customers in retail stores and may have to get the item the customer is looking for from the storeroom.

Detail oriented. Material and product inspecting clerks check items for defects, some of which are small and difficult to spot.

Math skills. Some material recording clerks use math to calculate shipping costs or take measurements.

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Distribution Associate Career Paths

Distribution Associate
Forklift Operator Technician Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Foreman Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Production Supervisor
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Specialist Team Leader
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Material Coordinator Buyer
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Foreman Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Specialist Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Foreman Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Specialist Operation Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Merchandiser Buyer
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Quality Control Inspector Quality Engineer
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Field Service Technician Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Coordinator Operation Supervisor
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Driver Coordinator Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Coordinator Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Electrician Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Mail Clerk Logistics Coordinator
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Logistics Specialist Warehouse Lead
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Distribution Coordinator Logistics Coordinator Purchasing Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Distribution Clerk 4.1 years
Shipper Receiver 3.5 years
Receiving Clerk 3.0 years
Warehouse Shipper 3.0 years
Shipper 2.6 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.6 years
Shipping Associate 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Distribution Associate
Cashier 12.1%
Associate 4.1%
Internship 3.5%
Supervisor 2.9%
Server 2.8%
Manager 2.5%
Top Careers After Distribution Associate
Associate 8.4%
Cashier 6.8%
Technician 3.0%
Driver 2.9%
Supervisor 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$29,000
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$19,000
Min 10%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$29,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Teleflex
Highest Paying City
Houston, TX
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Distribution Associate make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Distribution Associate in the United States is $29,324 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $19,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $45,000.

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Top Skills for A Distribution Associate

  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Safety Precautions
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Stack the totes on a pallet in order to prepare them to be loaded onto the delivery trucks.
  • Followed established safe work methods, procedures and safety precautions while performing all duties.
  • Communicated with final assembly and shipping departments and provide technical support and information to the Customer Service Department.
  • Showed proficiency in operating automatic pallet, manual pallet jack, forklift, RF scan gun and stand-up forklifts.
  • Order Picking; Remove an item from a storage, non-sort items, and utilize RF Scanner in a Distribution Center.

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Distribution Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

56.6%

Female

31.4%

Unknown

12.1%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.5%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

6.6%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.7%

French

7.7%

Japanese

5.1%

Hmong

3.8%

Cantonese

3.8%

Hindi

2.6%

Russian

2.6%

Somali

1.3%

Mandarin

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Ukrainian

1.3%

Wolof

1.3%

Thai

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Italian

1.3%

Portuguese

1.3%

Chinese

1.3%

German

1.3%

Amharic

1.3%
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Distribution Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.3%

Columbus State Community College

6.3%

American InterContinental University

5.7%

University of Akron

5.1%

Strayer University

4.6%

The Academy

4.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.6%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.6%

University of Georgia

4.0%

Remington College

4.0%

University of South Florida

3.4%

University of Cincinnati

3.4%

Mountain View College

3.4%

Nassau Community College

3.4%

Johnson & Wales University

3.4%

University of Kentucky

3.4%

Gwinnett Technical College

3.4%

Norfolk State University

3.4%

Kaplan University

3.4%

Colorado Technical University

3.4%
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Majors

Business

29.3%

Criminal Justice

7.3%

Accounting

6.2%

General Studies

5.6%

Health Care Administration

4.5%

Computer Science

4.4%

Communication

4.4%

Liberal Arts

3.8%

Medical Assisting Services

3.6%

Computer Information Systems

3.6%

Management

3.5%

Psychology

3.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Marketing

2.8%

Nursing

2.6%

English

2.6%

Kinesiology

2.5%

Supply Chain Management

2.5%

Finance

2.4%

Information Technology

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

33.5%

Bachelors

32.8%

Associate

16.9%

Certificate

7.1%

Masters

5.4%

Diploma

3.8%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.3%
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