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Working As A Logistics Clerk

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

  • $33,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Logistics Clerk 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 Logistics Clerk

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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Logistics Clerk Career Paths

Logistics Clerk
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Office Manager Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Project Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Team Leader Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Team Leader Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Team Leader Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Coordinator Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Coordinator Operation Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Specialist Operation Supervisor
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Receiving Clerk Technician Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Receiving Clerk Technician Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Receiving Clerk Accounts Payable Clerk Buyer
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Buyer Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Purchasing Agent Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Project Coordinator Project Engineer
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Purchasing Agent Warehouse Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Logistics Analyst Warehouse Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Shipper 4.2 years
Distribution Clerk 4.1 years
Traffic Clerk 3.2 years
Maintenance Clerk 3.1 years
Manifest Clerk 3.0 years
Logistics Clerk 3.0 years
Receiving Clerk 3.0 years
Shipping Clerk 2.8 years
Freight Clerk 2.7 years
Dock Clerk 2.7 years
Fulfillment Clerk 2.4 years
Inventory Clerk 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Logistics Clerk
Cashier 11.7%
Clerk 5.1%
Manager 2.7%
Internship 2.7%
Supervisor 2.6%
Server 2.6%
Top Careers After Logistics Clerk
Cashier 8.6%
Driver 4.8%
Manager 4.0%
Clerk 3.5%
Supervisor 2.8%

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Logistics Clerk Demographics

Gender

Male

44.7%

Female

44.2%

Unknown

11.1%
Ethnicity

White

57.9%

Hispanic or Latino

20.2%

Black or African American

12.2%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

62.2%

Japanese

7.1%

French

4.1%

Italian

4.1%

Cantonese

3.1%

Mandarin

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Carrier

2.0%

German

2.0%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Indonesian

1.0%

Igbo

1.0%

Yoruba

1.0%

Dari

1.0%

Thai

1.0%

Navajo

1.0%

Bulgarian

1.0%

Tagalog

1.0%

Portuguese

1.0%
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Logistics Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.6%

Miami Dade College

7.6%

Central Texas College

7.6%

Ashford University

5.4%

Houston Community College

5.4%

Liberty University

5.4%

American University

4.5%

The Academy

4.5%

Strayer University

4.5%

Tidewater Community College

4.5%

Troy University

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

Colorado Technical University

3.6%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

3.6%

University of Memphis

3.1%

University of Houston

2.7%

Baker College

2.7%

Cerritos College

2.7%

Wayne State University

2.2%

Park University

2.2%
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Majors

Business

34.6%

Supply Chain Management

7.5%

Accounting

7.5%

General Studies

6.2%

Criminal Justice

5.3%

Health Care Administration

5.0%

Psychology

3.7%

Communication

3.2%

Medical Assisting Services

3.2%

Computer Science

3.0%

Management

2.8%

Finance

2.3%

Legal Support Services

2.2%

Nursing

2.1%

Education

2.1%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Human Resources Management

1.8%

Medical Technician

1.8%

Information Technology

1.7%

Graphic Design

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

33.7%

Bachelors

28.9%

Associate

19.3%

Certificate

7.2%

Masters

6.5%

Diploma

3.3%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
$33,000
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$25,000
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%
$42,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Carnival
Highest Paying City
Fairbanks, AK
Highest Paying State
Vermont
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does a Logistics Clerk make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Logistics Clerk in the United States is $33,233 per year or $16 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $25,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $42,000.

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Top Skills for A Logistics Clerk

  1. Delivery Schedules
  2. Logistics
  3. Data Entry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared delivery schedules for merchandise pick up for units aboard military installation.
  • Maintain and develop positive business relationships with a customer's key personnel involved in or directly relevant to a logistics activity.
  • Prepare La-Z-Boy truck drivers reports including data entry of logbooks and monthly verification of inbound and outbound loads for corporate La-Z-Boy.
  • Assisted with all clerical work including updating man rosters, equipment lists and sending emails, faxes and phone calls.
  • Prepared documentation for purchase orders and invoicing.

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