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Working As An Inventory Specialist

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • $33,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Inventory Specialist 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 An Inventory Specialist

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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Average Length of Employment
Inventory Lead 3.0 years
Inventory Clerk 2.3 years
Inventory Auditor 2.2 years
Inventory Counter 1.5 years
Top Careers Before Inventory Specialist
Cashier 21.3%
Server 3.2%
Manager 3.1%
Internship 3.1%
Supervisor 2.5%
Top Careers After Inventory Specialist
Cashier 15.3%
Manager 3.5%
Server 3.4%
Driver 3.2%
Supervisor 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$33,000
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$22,000
Min 10%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Chanel, Inc.
Highest Paying City
Orlando, FL
Highest Paying State
Louisiana
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does an Inventory Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Inventory Specialist in the United States is $33,698 per year or $16 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $22,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $50,000.

Real Inventory Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Retail Inventory Specialist Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Mar 25, 2016 $120,000
Retail Inventory Specialist Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Nov 19, 2015 $120,000
Purchasing, Logistics and Inventory Specialist Value Windows & Doors Duarte, Inc. Duarte, CA Feb 02, 2016 $102,419
Operations/Inventory Specialist Optima USA Corp. Miami, FL Aug 04, 2008 $71,885
Global Inventory Specialist Population Services International Washington, DC Apr 01, 2010 $55,857
Purchasing and Inventory Specialist MMI, Inc. Dallas, TX Jul 09, 2016 $55,306
Inventory Specialist KCS Communications, Inc. Manassas, VA Oct 01, 2012 $53,539
Logistics and Inventory Specialist Windsor Willits Company Willits, CA Jun 29, 2015 $48,547
Logistics and Inventory Specialist Windsor Willits Company Willits, CA Oct 11, 2014 $48,547
Logistics and Inventory Specialist Windsor Willits Company Willits, CA Apr 08, 2013 $45,000

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Top Skills for An Inventory Specialist

  1. New Merchandise
  2. Customer Service
  3. Inventory Control
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepare new merchandise for the sales floor by unloading, prepping, stocking merchandise and responding to team member requests quickly.
  • Communicated effectively with other team members and management to ensure excellent customer service.
  • Served as inventory control specialist, shipping and receiving clerk and provided administrative support to engineers.
  • Conducted weekly cycle counts of inventory based upon computer monitored suggested re-order listings.
  • Used SAP and other online inventory management software to manage inventory availability consignment and usage reports.

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Top 10 Best States for Inventory Specialists

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  3. Alaska
  4. Oregon
  5. Washington
  6. Utah
  7. Wyoming
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Colorado
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Inventory Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

50.9%

Female

38.3%

Unknown

10.8%
Ethnicity

White

61.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

12.5%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

69.2%

French

5.6%

German

3.5%

Chinese

3.0%

Mandarin

2.4%

Russian

2.3%

Japanese

1.7%

Arabic

1.5%

Cantonese

1.3%

Hmong

1.2%

Korean

1.2%

Italian

1.1%

Carrier

0.9%

Portuguese

0.9%

Greek

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Swedish

0.5%

Ukrainian

0.5%
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Inventory Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

28.0%

Ashford University

6.3%

Strayer University

6.2%

Kaplan University

5.9%

The Academy

5.0%

Miami Dade College

4.0%

Northern Virginia Community College

4.0%

Houston Community College

3.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.5%

American InterContinental University

3.5%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.4%

Everest Institute

3.3%

University of Houston

3.0%

Full Sail University

3.0%

Remington College

3.0%

Liberty University

2.9%

Baker College

2.8%

Valencia College

2.8%

Arizona State University

2.8%

University of Memphis

2.7%
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Majors

Business

29.1%

Criminal Justice

7.9%

Accounting

7.6%

General Studies

5.3%

Health Care Administration

4.8%

Computer Science

4.6%

Medical Assisting Services

4.5%

Psychology

4.4%

Communication

3.6%

Management

3.5%

Nursing

3.5%

Information Technology

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.5%

Education

2.5%

Graphic Design

2.4%

Marketing

2.3%

Finance

2.2%

Automotive Technology

2.0%

Pharmacy

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

35.9%

Bachelors

30.9%

Associate

19.0%

Certificate

6.1%

Masters

4.6%

Diploma

2.8%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
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