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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

  • $30,577

    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
Technician Service Manager Office Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operations Manager General Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shipping Clerk Material Handler Inventory Control Specialist
Inventory Control Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Inventory Control Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Operation Supervisor Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Supply Technician Equipment Specialist
Property Management Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Production Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Shipping Clerk Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Assembler Production Operator Production Coordinator
Traffic Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Shipper Receiver 3.3 years
Receiving Lead 3.3 years
Receiving Clerk 2.7 years
Shipping Clerk 2.6 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Shipping Assistant 2.1 years
Shipping 1.7 years
Shipping Associate 1.7 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 11.0%
Teller 3.7%
Manager 3.0%
Supervisor 2.9%
Driver 2.8%
Cook 2.8%
Top Employers After
Cashier 5.2%
Driver 4.8%
Technician 3.1%
Supervisor 3.0%
Manager 2.7%
Assembler 2.7%

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Shipping And Receiving Clerk Demographics

Gender

Male

67.3%

Female

31.2%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

18.8%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

78.2%

French

4.6%

Carrier

3.1%

German

2.1%

Polish

1.7%

Tagalog

1.2%

Russian

1.1%

Portuguese

1.1%

Arabic

1.1%

Italian

0.8%

Chinese

0.8%

Hindi

0.6%

Urdu

0.6%

Japanese

0.6%

Cantonese

0.5%

Korean

0.5%

Filipino

0.5%

Dakota

0.5%

Swedish

0.3%

Mandarin

0.3%
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Shipping And Receiving Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.9%

Houston Community College

6.6%

Kaplan University

5.7%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

4.9%

Ashford University

4.9%

El Paso Community College

4.4%

Strayer University

4.3%

Remington College

4.1%

Grand Rapids Community College

4.0%

Grand Canyon University

4.0%

American InterContinental University

3.5%

Greenville Technical College

3.4%

Trident Technical College

3.2%

University of Memphis

3.2%

The Academy

3.1%

Sinclair Community College

3.0%

Liberty University

3.0%

Miami Dade College

3.0%

A-Technical College

2.9%

Long Beach City College

2.8%
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Majors

Business

30.2%

General Studies

8.4%

Criminal Justice

7.3%

Accounting

6.7%

Computer Science

5.1%

Health Care Administration

4.8%

Psychology

3.3%

Liberal Arts

3.2%

Medical Assisting Services

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.9%

Automotive Technology

2.9%

Graphic Design

2.8%

Education

2.8%

Information Technology

2.7%

Communication

2.7%

Nursing

2.6%

Management

2.6%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Computer Networking

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

46.4%

Associate

20.0%

Bachelors

19.0%

Certificate

8.0%

Diploma

3.2%

Masters

2.8%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.2%
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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

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  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Appropriate Departments
  3. Outgoing Shipments
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  • Assisted in reorganizing scheduling of the delivery trucks and logistics employees to better organize deliveries and satisfy our customers more effectively.
  • Verified materials received are as ordered and routes items to appropriate departments/locations.
  • Examined outgoing shipments to ensure shipments meet specifications.
  • Delivered excellent customer service and maintained confidentiality of business/customer documentation.
  • Operated equipment such as motor vehicles, hand trucks, fork lifts, pallet jacks, electric lifts and electronic scales.

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