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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

  • $35,590

    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
Security Officer Operator Office Manager
Administrative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shipping Clerk Material Handler Inventory Controller
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Coordinator Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Technician Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager General Manager Realtor
Property Management Specialist
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Security Officer Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Operation Supervisor Production Manager
Traffic Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Shipping Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Distribution Clerk 3.5 years
Shipping Operator 3.4 years
Warehouseman 3.4 years
Shipping Lead 3.4 years
Receiving Lead 3.3 years
Shipper Receiver 3.3 years
Traffic Clerk 3.2 years
Shipping Agent 3.1 years
Stockroom Clerk 2.8 years
Receiving Clerk 2.7 years
Shipping Clerk 2.6 years
Logistics Clerk 2.6 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Material Handler 2.4 years
Freight Clerk 2.4 years
Shipper 2.3 years
Inventory Clerk 2.2 years
Shipping Processor 2.0 years
Receiver 2.0 years
Shipping Assistant 2.0 years
Shipping 1.9 years
Warehouse Worker 1.8 years
Shipping Associate 1.7 years
Shipping Packer 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 10.1%
Manager 2.9%
Supervisor 2.8%
Cook 2.7%
Top Employers After
Cashier 4.7%
Driver 4.4%
Supervisor 2.9%
Technician 2.9%
Manager 2.6%

Shipping And Receiving Clerk Demographics

Gender

Male

67.2%

Female

31.2%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

77.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

78.0%

French

4.7%

Carrier

3.1%

German

2.2%

Polish

1.7%

Tagalog

1.2%

Russian

1.1%

Arabic

1.1%

Portuguese

0.9%

Chinese

0.8%

Hindi

0.6%

Urdu

0.6%

Italian

0.6%

Filipino

0.6%

Japanese

0.6%

Cantonese

0.5%

Korean

0.5%

Dakota

0.5%

Swedish

0.3%

Mandarin

0.3%
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Shipping And Receiving Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

26.0%

Houston Community College

6.6%

Kaplan University

5.4%

Ashford University

5.2%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

4.7%

Strayer University

4.4%

El Paso Community College

4.2%

Remington College

4.1%

Grand Rapids Community College

4.0%

Grand Canyon University

3.9%

American InterContinental University

3.4%

The Academy

3.3%

Trident Technical College

3.2%

Miami Dade College

3.2%

University of Memphis

3.2%

Greenville Technical College

3.2%

Sinclair Community College

3.1%

Liberty University

2.9%

Long Beach City College

2.9%

College of DuPage

2.9%
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Majors

Business

30.3%

General Studies

8.4%

Criminal Justice

7.3%

Accounting

6.5%

Computer Science

5.1%

Health Care Administration

4.8%

Psychology

3.3%

Liberal Arts

3.2%

Medical Assisting Services

3.0%

Electrical Engineering

2.9%

Education

2.9%

Automotive Technology

2.8%

Information Technology

2.8%

Graphic Design

2.7%

Communication

2.7%

Management

2.6%

Nursing

2.5%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%

Computer Networking

2.1%

Supply Chain Management

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

46.3%

Associate

19.9%

Bachelors

19.0%

Certificate

8.1%

Diploma

3.3%

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

AppropriateDepartmentsHandTruckDeliveryTrucksOutgoingShipmentsCustomerServiceElectricPalletJackPurchaseOrdersInventoryControlSafetyRegulationsDataEntryLoadTrucksOutgoingPackagesCustomerOrdersComputerSystemFed-ExRawMaterialsRFCycleCountsHandToolsSort

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Top Shipping And Receiving Clerk Skills

  1. Appropriate Departments
  2. Hand Truck
  3. Delivery Trucks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Transfer merchandise onto the floor to be placed in appropriate departments.
  • Operated warehouse equipment like forklifts, hand trucks, dollies and pallet jacks.
  • Assisted in the loading and unloading of delivery trucks that came into docking area of warehouse.
  • Verify and kept records on incoming and outgoing shipments, prepare items for shipment.
  • Provided exceptional customer service and general sales floor help when needed.

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