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Working As A Picker

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $24,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Picker 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 Picker

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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Picker Demographics

Gender

Male

48.6%

Female

40.1%

Unknown

11.2%
Ethnicity

White

64.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

5.8%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

81.7%

French

4.9%

German

2.3%

Portuguese

1.3%

Arabic

1.0%

Khmer

0.8%

Russian

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%

Japanese

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Hmong

0.7%

Carrier

0.7%

Swedish

0.5%

Swahili

0.5%

Korean

0.5%

Italian

0.5%

Chinese

0.5%

Samoan

0.3%

Mandarin

0.3%

Cheyenne

0.3%
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Picker Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.7%

The Academy

9.2%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

8.8%

Middle Tennessee State University

8.3%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

6.8%

Kaplan University

4.4%

University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

4.3%

Remington College

4.1%

University of Memphis

4.1%

Concorde Career College

4.0%

Tennessee State University

3.9%

Columbus State Community College

3.8%

Virginia State University

3.8%

Joliet Junior College

3.6%

San Bernardino Valley College

3.5%

Midlands Technical College

3.4%

Delaware Technical and Community College

3.4%

John Tyler Community College

3.4%

Vincennes University

2.9%

Chattanooga State Community College

2.9%
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Majors

Business

18.9%

Criminal Justice

9.9%

General Studies

8.8%

Medical Assisting Services

8.5%

Nursing

7.5%

Health Care Administration

5.8%

Accounting

4.7%

Psychology

4.4%

Computer Science

4.3%

Automotive Technology

3.7%

Cosmetology

3.2%

Education

3.1%

Graphic Design

2.4%

Biology

2.3%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Pharmacy

2.2%

Communication

2.2%

Electrical Engineering

2.0%

Information Technology

1.9%

Kinesiology

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

50.8%

Associate

18.3%

Bachelors

16.5%

Certificate

7.5%

Diploma

5.0%

Masters

1.1%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
$24,000
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$17,000
Min 10%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$24,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Henry Schein
Highest Paying City
Santa Maria, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.0 years
How much does a Picker make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Picker in the United States is $24,605 per year or $12 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $17,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $35,000.

Real Picker Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Agriculture Picker Anbar KHAL Yuma, AZ Jan 11, 2016 $25,044
Avocado Picker Jaimes Grove Service, Inc. Fallbrook, CA Mar 28, 2016 $24,814
Strawberry Picker Higuera Farms, Inc. Santa Maria, CA Oct 15, 2014 $22,978
Avocado Picker Bartolo Ochoa Orozco CA Mar 18, 2014 $22,978
Avocado Picker Jose C. Ramirez Gonzalez Santa Barbara, CA Mar 15, 2014 $22,978
Strawberry Picker Higuera Farms, Inc. Santa Maria, CA May 15, 2014 $22,978
Strawberry Picker La Palma Farms, Inc. Santa Maria, CA Apr 01, 2014 $22,978
Picker Superior Growers LLC Santa Ynez, CA Jun 02, 2014 $22,978
Strawberry Picker Rodriguez Farms Inc. Castroville, CA Jul 02, 2014 $22,978
Grape Picker Martinez Farming, LLC Templeton, CA Aug 01, 2014 $22,978
Corn Picker Lowry Farms, Inc. TX May 01, 2014 $22,665
Vine-Ripe Tomato Pickers Red Diamond Enterprises, Inc. Loxahatchee Groves, FL Sep 24, 2016 $22,331
Citrus Picker Desoto Harvesting, Inc. Arcadia, FL Dec 01, 2014 $21,413
Crab Meat Pickers Frog Island Seafood, Inc. Waco, NC Apr 11, 2016 $21,371
Vine-Ripe Tomato Pickers Red Diamond Enterprises, Inc. Loxahatchee Groves, FL Sep 04, 2015 $21,267
Flower Picker Alvarado Farms Aromas, CA Nov 07, 2016 $20,870
Crab Picker Dana's Seafood, LLC AL Jun 01, 2014 $19,827
Crab Meat Pickers Graham & Rollins, Inc. VA Apr 01, 2015 $19,639
Crab Picker Frog Island Seafood, Inc. Waco, NC Apr 01, 2015 $19,639
Crab Meat Pickers Quality Crab Company, Inc. Elizabeth City, NC May 11, 2016 $18,783
Crab Meat Pickers Lindy's Seafood, Inc. Fishing Creek, MD Apr 12, 2016 $17,969
Crab Meat Pickers J & W Seafood of Virginia, Inc. VA Apr 17, 2013 $17,531
Crab Picker Frog Island Seafood Inc. NC Apr 01, 2013 $16,571
Crab Meat Pickers J & W Seafood of Virginia, Inc. VA Apr 01, 2015 $16,195
Crab Meat Pickers J & W Seafood of Virginia, Inc. VA Apr 25, 2014 $16,195
Crab Meat Pickers Bay City Crab, Inc. NC Apr 17, 2013 $15,736
Crab Meat Pickers Bay City Crab, Inc. NC Apr 01, 2014 $15,736
Crab Meat Pickers Lindy's Seafood, Inc. Fishing Creek, MD Apr 01, 2015 $15,694
Crab Meat Pickers Lindy's Seafood, Inc. MD Apr 01, 2014 $15,694

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Top Skills for A Picker

  1. RF
  2. Pallet Jack
  3. Customer Orders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Picked orders for Jet.com, ensured quality and performed duties such as check in of orders, moving and facility maintenance.
  • Move retail merchandise/fulfillment center equipment with a pallet jack.
  • Pick customer orders using safe operation of powered industrial equipment, label printers, radio frequency scanners and keyboard data entry.
  • Follow established departmental policies, procedures, objectives and safety standards.
  • Maintained product data activity including receiving inventory control and distribution via scan gun.

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Top 10 Best States for Pickers

  1. Alaska
  2. Washington
  3. Minnesota
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Oregon
  6. Nevada
  7. Vermont
  8. Iowa
  9. Nebraska
  10. Wyoming
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