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Working As A Shipping Assistant

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

  • $26,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Shipping Assistant 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 Assistant

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 Assistant Career Paths

Shipping Assistant
Office Assistant Executive Assistant Office Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Executive Assistant Assistant Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Assistant Consultant Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Foreman Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Foreman Project Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Foreman Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Material Coordinator Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Specialist Buyer
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Coordinator Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Specialist Accountant
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Technician Operation Supervisor
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Field Service Technician Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Technician Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Coordinator Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shipping Clerk Technician Operation Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shipping Clerk Specialist Buyer
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Shipping Clerk Logistics Coordinator Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Purchasing Agent Material Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
Accounts Payable Clerk Purchasing Agent Warehouse Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Shipping Lead 3.8 years
Shipper Receiver 3.5 years
Shipping Agent 3.1 years
Shipping Clerk 2.8 years
Shipping 2.0 years
Shipping Assistant 2.0 years
Shipping Processor 1.9 years
Shipping Associate 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Shipping Assistant
Cashier 12.8%
Assistant 6.5%
Internship 4.4%
Supervisor 3.0%
Manager 2.8%
Server 2.6%
Technician 2.3%
Top Careers After Shipping Assistant
Cashier 9.6%
Internship 5.1%
Assistant 3.8%
Driver 3.6%
Server 3.4%
Associate 2.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$26,000
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$20,000
Min 10%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
APL Logistics Americas
Highest Paying City
Portland, ME
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
2.1 years
How much does a Shipping Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Shipping Assistant in the United States is $26,742 per year or $13 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $20,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $35,000.

Top Skills for A Shipping Assistant

  1. Purchase Orders
  2. Delivery Area
  3. Customer Orders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Collaborate with procurement to reconcile any purchase orders or any discrepancies in orders.
  • Processed customer orders, sealed boxes and maintained target productivity process.
  • Resolve conflicting situations of incorrect data entry associated with inventory orders or shipping information.
  • Located and input data into Warehouse Inventory Control System.
  • Marked material with identifying information sorted/organized materials on racks, shelves or bins.

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Top 10 Best States for Shipping Assistants

  1. Washington
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. Vermont
  5. Maine
  6. Rhode Island
  7. Iowa
  8. New Jersey
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Nevada
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Shipping Assistant Resume Examples And Tips

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Shipping Assistant Demographics

Gender

Male

56.6%

Female

33.7%

Unknown

9.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.5%

Hispanic or Latino

19.3%

Black or African American

10.3%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

58.8%

French

9.6%

German

4.4%

Mandarin

3.5%

Chinese

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Korean

2.6%

Carrier

2.6%

Italian

2.6%

Vietnamese

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Polish

1.8%

Dutch

0.9%

Greek

0.9%

Persian

0.9%

Tagalog

0.9%
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Shipping Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.9%

Michigan State University

5.9%

Western Washington University

5.2%

The Academy

4.6%

University of Oregon

4.6%

University of Houston

4.6%

Iowa State University

4.6%

University of Alabama

3.9%

Strayer University

3.9%

Columbus State Community College

3.9%

Ohio State University

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.9%

Portland State University

3.9%

Miami Dade College

3.9%

University of Washington

3.9%

Saint Cloud State University

3.9%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.9%

Greenville Technical College

3.9%

Ferris State University

3.3%

Kansas State University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

29.5%

Accounting

6.3%

Psychology

6.0%

Criminal Justice

5.4%

Marketing

4.7%

Management

4.6%

General Studies

4.5%

English

4.4%

Health Care Administration

3.7%

Computer Science

3.6%

Communication

3.5%

Graphic Design

3.5%

Kinesiology

3.1%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Electrical Engineering

2.6%

Medical Assisting Services

2.6%

Finance

2.5%

Education

2.4%

Biology

2.4%

History

2.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.9%

Other

32.4%

Associate

15.2%

Certificate

6.5%

Masters

4.7%

Diploma

2.6%

Doctorate

0.3%

License

0.2%
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