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Working As A Production Clerk

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Stressful

  • $46,150

    Average Salary

What Does A Production 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 Production 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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Production Clerk Career Paths

Production Clerk
Clerk Technician Specialist
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Account Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Assistant Recruiter Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Patient Care Technician Surgical Technician
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Data Entry Associate Home Health Aid Unit Secretary
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Clerk Office Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Data Entry Associate Office Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Operations Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Planner/Scheduler
Production Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Accounting Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounting Clerk Accountant Finance Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Driver Transportation Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Production Planner 3.9 years
Invoice Clerk 3.4 years
Production Clerk 3.0 years
Control Clerk 3.0 years
Maintenance Clerk 2.9 years
Property Clerk 2.8 years
Order Clerk 2.8 years
Stockroom Clerk 2.8 years
Receiving Clerk 2.7 years
Logistics Clerk 2.6 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Clerk 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 13.4%
Clerk 3.4%
Internship 3.1%
Secretary 2.6%
Manager 2.4%
Supervisor 2.3%
Top Employers After
Cashier 8.3%
Clerk 4.4%
Secretary 3.0%
Internship 2.9%
Buyer 2.5%

Production Clerk Demographics

Gender

Female

69.2%

Male

29.0%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

78.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

64.2%

Hindi

4.5%

German

3.0%

Mandarin

3.0%

Amharic

3.0%

Gujarati

3.0%

Carrier

3.0%

Swahili

1.5%

Filipino

1.5%

Tigrinya

1.5%

Cantonese

1.5%

Tagalog

1.5%

Urdu

1.5%

Sanskrit

1.5%

Korean

1.5%

Navajo

1.5%

Polish

1.5%

Italian

1.5%
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Production Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.5%

Sam Houston State University

16.3%

Kirkwood Community College

7.5%

Ashford University

6.3%

Eastern Kentucky University

5.6%

Strayer University

4.4%

Austin Community College

3.8%

Columbus State Community College

3.1%

Temple University

3.1%

Houston Community College

3.1%

Bakersfield College

3.1%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.1%

Liberty University

3.1%

South University

3.1%

Cerritos College

3.1%

Kaplan University

3.1%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

3.1%

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

2.5%

El Paso Community College

2.5%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

2.5%
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Majors

Business

32.4%

Accounting

13.2%

Health Care Administration

7.4%

Psychology

4.8%

General Studies

4.4%

Criminal Justice

4.4%

Computer Science

4.2%

Medical Assisting Services

3.5%

Nursing

3.4%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Pharmacy

2.4%

Communication

2.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

English

1.8%

Graphic Design

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Human Resources Management

1.8%

Information Technology

1.8%

Marketing

1.7%

Finance

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

36.0%

Bachelors

28.8%

Associate

18.3%

Certificate

7.2%

Masters

5.1%

Diploma

3.2%

License

1.0%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Real Production Clerk Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Production Clerk Toska, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jun 11, 2015 $58,178
Production Clerk Vivace Textile, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 12, 2015 $58,178
Production Clerk Pink Diamond Corporation Los Angeles, CA Jan 19, 2016 $58,178
Production Clerk A-PYAN Group, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jun 11, 2015 $58,178
Production Clerk Hidden Jeans, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 30, 2015 $57,574
Production Clerk Iggee Buena Park, CA Jul 01, 2010 $51,632
Production Planning Clerk Allen Flavors, Inc. Edison, NJ Mar 12, 2015 $51,438
Production Clerk Textile Unlimited Corporation Torrance, CA Jan 06, 2016 $47,923
Production Clerk Goldenvida, Inc. Vernon, CA Aug 08, 2016 $47,923
Production, Planning Clerk Crayon Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 01, 2015 $45,000
Production Clerk JK Logis, LLC West Point, GA Feb 12, 2015 $43,160

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Top Skills for A Production Clerk

CustomerServiceSafetyProceduresProductionSupervisorsProductionReportsPayrollDataEntryDailyProductionSortRawMaterialsProductionSchedulesPackageRecordsProductionDataPurchaseOrdersCustomerOrdersInventoryControlTemporaryOfficeSuppliesSalesFloorAssemblyLineAudit

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Top Production Clerk Skills

  1. Customer Service
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Production Supervisors
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Received multiple reviews acknowledging my level of dedication to excellent customer service.
  • Maintained electronic records of goods used Followed all safety procedures.
  • Served as administrative assistant to Plant Manager and Production Supervisors.
  • Complete production reports to communicate team production level to management.
  • Prepared employee new hire packages, conducted interviews, evaluations, terminations and payroll.

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