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Working As A Shipping And Receiving 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 Shipping And 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 Shipping And 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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Shipping And Receiving Clerk Career Paths

Shipping And Receiving Clerk
Driver Foreman Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Project Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Supervisor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Executive Assistant Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Accounts Payable Clerk Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Consultant Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Electrician Superintendent
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Electrician Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Warehouse Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Buyer Warehouse Manager
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operation Supervisor Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Coordinator Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Clerk Coordinator Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Material Coordinator Buyer
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operation Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Lead Shipper 4.2 years
Shipper Receiver 3.5 years
Warehouse Shipper 3.0 years
Receiving Clerk 3.0 years
Shipping Clerk 2.8 years
Logistics Clerk 2.7 years
Shipping Assistant 2.1 years
Shipping 2.0 years
Shipping Associate 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Shipping And Receiving Clerk
Cashier 13.6%
Driver 3.1%
Supervisor 2.7%
Manager 2.6%
Top Careers After Shipping And Receiving Clerk
Cashier 7.9%
Driver 5.3%
Supervisor 2.6%
Technician 2.5%
Manager 2.4%

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Shipping And Receiving Clerk Demographics

Gender

Male

62.5%

Female

26.6%

Unknown

10.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.4%

Hispanic or Latino

19.1%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

5.6%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

82.4%

French

4.0%

Carrier

2.4%

German

1.6%

Portuguese

1.5%

Polish

1.1%

Tagalog

1.0%

Arabic

1.0%

Russian

0.8%

Italian

0.6%

Japanese

0.6%

Urdu

0.5%

Hindi

0.4%

Filipino

0.4%

Chinese

0.4%

Swedish

0.3%

Cantonese

0.3%

Hmong

0.3%

Korean

0.3%

Dakota

0.3%
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Shipping And Receiving Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

28.7%

Houston Community College

6.7%

The Academy

6.5%

Kaplan University

5.2%

Ashford University

5.0%

Strayer University

4.4%

Remington College

4.0%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

3.5%

Baker College

3.3%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.3%

Cuyahoga Community College

3.2%

Macomb Community College

3.0%

American InterContinental University

3.0%

A-Technical College

3.0%

Grand Rapids Community College

3.0%

Universal Technical Institute

3.0%

Everest Institute

2.9%

Oakland Community College

2.8%

College of DuPage

2.8%

Miami Dade College

2.8%
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Majors

Business

29.5%

General Studies

8.9%

Criminal Justice

7.3%

Accounting

6.5%

Computer Science

4.9%

Health Care Administration

4.9%

Medical Assisting Services

3.9%

Automotive Technology

3.2%

Nursing

3.1%

Psychology

3.0%

Liberal Arts

2.9%

Education

2.8%

Electrical Engineering

2.7%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Information Technology

2.6%

Management

2.5%

Communication

2.5%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Supply Chain Management

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

46.4%

Associate

20.1%

Bachelors

17.9%

Certificate

8.7%

Diploma

3.8%

Masters

2.3%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$24,000
Min 10%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
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$33,000
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Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
MISTRAS Group
Highest Paying City
Portland, ME
Highest Paying State
Vermont
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Shipping And Receiving Clerk make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Shipping And Receiving Clerk in the United States is $33,447 per year or $16 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $24,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $45,000.

Real Shipping And Receiving Clerk Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Shipping/Receiving Clerk Hornbill Foods Corp Los Angeles, CA Nov 19, 2010 $43,867
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks Emerald Sea Food Company Inc. New York, NY Aug 13, 2010 $43,044
Shipping, Receiving and Traffic Clerks Db Corporate, LLC Philadelphia, PA Sep 17, 2013 $40,435
Shipping, Receiving and Traffic Clerks Db Corporate, LLC Philadelphia, PA Aug 01, 2013 $40,435
Shipping, Receiving and Traffic Clerks David Z Inc. NY Feb 02, 2012 $37,856
Shipping, Receiving and Traffic Clerks David Z Inc. NY Sep 27, 2012 $37,856
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks TANU USA Inc. New York, NY Dec 02, 2010 $35,479
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks K & B Productions, Inc. Montgomeryville, PA Oct 19, 2011 $34,486
Shipping, Receiving and Traffic Clerks R.D. Fabricators Inc. Orange, CA Nov 10, 2010 $34,436
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks Juniors Produce Inc. New York, NY Apr 15, 2010 $34,331
Shipping & Receiving Clerks Golden Palm Enterprise Alhambra, CA May 15, 2009 $33,914
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks Maruzen of America, Inc. Hillsborough, CA Oct 11, 2012 $33,800
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks Orient Star Shipping of Chicago, Inc. Skokie, IL Feb 26, 2008 $33,580
Shipping, Receiving and Traffic Clerks Reliance Granite and Marble, Corp Union, NJ Jan 26, 2010 $32,390
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks Ultraflex Systems Inc. Randolph, NJ Nov 29, 2012 $32,344
Shipping, Receiving and Traffic Clerks CRS International, Inc. Cold Spring, NY Jan 19, 2011 $32,198
Shipping, Receiving & Traffic Clerks Radiant Enterprises Inc. Toms River, NJ Jun 08, 2011 $31,866
Shipping, Receiving & Traffic Clerks Radiant Enterprises Inc. Toms River, NJ Feb 10, 2012 $31,866
Purchasing/Shipping & Receiving Clerk Action Security, Inc. Anchorage, AK May 26, 2011 $31,535
Shipping, Receiving & Traffic Clerks Ultraflex Systems Inc. Randolph, NJ Sep 21, 2010 $31,514
Shipping/Receiving & Traffic Clerks 1533 Supermarket DBA Keyfood Marketplace New York, NY Jun 09, 2009 $31,305 -
$37,827
Shipping and Receiving Clerk Julius, Inc. Rancho Cucamonga, CA Aug 19, 2015 $25,958
Shipping and Receiving Clerk Premier Distributors Stafford, TX Aug 25, 2016 $25,626
Shipping, Receiving and Traffic Clerks Cosmopolitan Staffing Services, LLC Holmdel, NJ Apr 14, 2010 $25,274
Shipping, Receiving and Traffic Clerk Johnny Ocean Corporation NY Jun 27, 2011 $25,232
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks Am & G Waterproofing, LLC New York, NY May 25, 2011 $25,232
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks Mercury Plastic Bag Co, Inc. Passaic, NJ Apr 20, 2012 $25,232
Purchasing/Shipping & Receiving Clerk Action Security, Inc. Anchorage, AK Jun 08, 2011 $25,044 -
$31,535
Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks Haselson International Trading, Inc. New York, NY Sep 17, 2014 $25,012

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Top Skills for A Shipping And Receiving Clerk

  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Outgoing Shipments
  3. Appropriate Person
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  • Utilized industrial power equipment to properly load and unload product onto delivery trucks.
  • Supervised incoming and outgoing shipments and update stock records to ensure availability of items.
  • Delivered packages to appropriate personnel and received signatures verifying delivery of packages.
  • Received and uploaded incoming materials and compared information on packing slips with purchase orders to verify accuracy of shipment.
  • Processed status inquiry requested between customer service and warehouse.

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