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Working As A Receiving Clerk

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

  • $44,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Receiving 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 Receiving 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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Receiving Clerk Career Paths

Receiving Clerk
Security Officer Service Technician Service Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Specialist Operation Supervisor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Truck Driver Operations Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Driver Dispatcher
Dispatcher Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Maintenance Technician Operation Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Lead Technician Foreman
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Operator Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Specialist Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Driver Dispatcher
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Security Officer Account Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Inventory Clerk Shipping Clerk Quality Control Inspector
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Assistant Director Production Coordinator
Traffic Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Receiving Lead 3.3 years
Shipper Receiver 3.3 years
Traffic Clerk 3.1 years
Receiving Clerk 3.0 years
Storeroom Clerk 3.0 years
Logistics Clerk 2.6 years
Shipping Clerk 2.6 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Inventory Clerk 2.2 years
Receiver 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Receiving Clerk
Cashier 12.7%
Teller 4.0%
Clerk 3.9%
Supervisor 3.1%
Manager 2.8%
Top Careers After Receiving Clerk
Cashier 6.4%
Clerk 3.7%
Driver 3.3%
Teller 3.3%
Supervisor 3.0%
Manager 2.8%

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Receiving Clerk Demographics

Gender

Male

56.3%

Female

42.1%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

61.1%

Hispanic or Latino

18.2%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

81.1%

French

3.6%

Carrier

3.6%

Arabic

1.8%

Hindi

1.1%

Polish

1.1%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Hmong

0.7%

Mandarin

0.7%

Nepali

0.7%

Filipino

0.7%

Chinese

0.7%

German

0.7%

Japanese

0.7%

Swedish

0.4%

Swahili

0.4%

Samoan

0.4%

Dutch

0.4%

Korean

0.4%

Turkish

0.4%
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Receiving Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.6%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

8.4%

Ashford University

5.9%

University of Memphis

5.7%

Liberty University

5.3%

Kaplan University

4.2%

American InterContinental University

4.2%

Remington College

3.6%

Strayer University

3.6%

Northwest Mississippi Community College

3.6%

Columbus State Community College

3.4%

College of DuPage

3.2%

Miami Dade College

3.2%

Tidewater Community College

2.9%

Troy University

2.9%

Palomar College

2.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.9%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

2.9%

The Academy

2.9%

El Paso Community College

2.7%
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Majors

Business

30.9%

Accounting

9.4%

General Studies

7.2%

Criminal Justice

6.3%

Health Care Administration

5.2%

Computer Science

4.2%

Medical Assisting Services

3.9%

Psychology

3.8%

Management

3.2%

Information Technology

2.9%

Education

2.9%

Nursing

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Graphic Design

2.3%

Communication

2.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.1%

Electrical Engineering

2.1%

Supply Chain Management

1.9%

English

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

43.0%

Bachelors

22.9%

Associate

19.9%

Certificate

7.0%

Diploma

3.6%

Masters

3.0%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Receiving Clerk Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Receiving Clerk Green Paradise, LLC Falls Church, VA Sep 01, 2015 $40,310 -
$40,400
Receiving Clerk Green Paradise Alexandria, LLC Alexandria, VA Jun 26, 2015 $40,310 -
$40,350
Receiving Clerk Trade Linker INTL Inc. Garwood, NJ Nov 18, 2009 $37,316
Receiving Clerk, Incoming Shipment Pacific Trellis Fruit, LLC. Los Angeles, CA Dec 22, 2010 $34,081
Receiving Clerk Columbus International Transport Co. Ltd. Cerritos, CA Jun 23, 2016 $30,285
Receiving Clerk Green Paradise, LLC Falls Church, VA Oct 17, 2016 $28,500
Receiving Clerk Green Paradise, LLC Falls Church, VA May 10, 2016 $28,246

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Top Skills for A Receiving Clerk

  1. New Merchandise
  2. Delivery Trucks
  3. Purchase Orders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Received new merchandise, entered into inventory.
  • Directed delivery trucks to proper unloading areas.
  • Matched requisitions to packing slips and delivery tickets to verify materials received and purchase orders.
  • Managed wide variety of customer service and administrative tasks to resolve customer issues quickly and efficiently.
  • Process checks, customer service support, data entry, dispatch and process drivers.

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