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Working As A Shipping Clerk

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

  • $24,710

    Average Salary

What Does A Shipping 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 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 Clerk Career Paths

Shipping Clerk
Receiving Clerk Material Handler Security Officer
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Clerk Warehouse Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Office Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Receiving Clerk Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operator Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Clerk Material Handler Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator Technician
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Data Entry Clerk Office Manager Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Data Entry Clerk Specialist Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operator Production 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
Shipping Lead 3.4 years
Route Clerk 3.3 years
Shipper Receiver 3.3 years
Traffic Clerk 3.2 years
Shipping Agent 3.1 years
Shipping Clerk 3.0 years
Order Clerk 2.8 years
Receiving Clerk 2.7 years
Logistics Clerk 2.6 years
Dock Clerk 2.6 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Freight Clerk 2.4 years
Clerk 2.3 years
Shipper 2.3 years
Room Clerk 2.1 years
Shipping Processor 2.0 years
Shipping Assistant 2.0 years
Shipping 1.9 years
Shipping Associate 1.7 years
Shipping Packer 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 10.6%
Manager 3.1%
Supervisor 2.9%
Clerk 2.9%
Top Employers After
Cashier 6.0%
Driver 3.9%
Manager 3.1%
Clerk 3.0%

Shipping Clerk Demographics

Gender

Male

54.4%

Female

44.1%

Unknown

1.5%
Ethnicity

White

77.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

74.2%

French

4.3%

Carrier

3.3%

Portuguese

1.9%

Chinese

1.9%

Mandarin

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

German

1.4%

Hmong

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Hindi

1.0%

Russian

1.0%

Italian

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Kurdish

0.7%

Dakota

0.7%

Khmer

0.5%

Wolof

0.5%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Armenian

0.5%
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Shipping Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.7%

Kaplan University

6.6%

Liberty University

6.1%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

5.8%

Ashford University

5.8%

University of Memphis

5.0%

College of DuPage

4.1%

Strayer University

4.0%

Mt San Antonio College

4.0%

Remington College

3.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.5%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.3%

El Paso Community College

3.1%

Northwest Mississippi Community College

3.1%

Cerritos College

3.1%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.0%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

2.8%

The Academy

2.8%

Glendale Community College

2.8%

University of Houston

2.5%
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Majors

Business

29.4%

Accounting

8.5%

General Studies

6.8%

Health Care Administration

6.7%

Criminal Justice

6.6%

Computer Science

4.7%

Psychology

3.6%

Medical Assisting Services

3.4%

Communication

3.0%

Computer Information Systems

3.0%

Information Technology

2.9%

Management

2.8%

Nursing

2.8%

Electrical Engineering

2.7%

Education

2.7%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.1%

Automotive Technology

2.0%

Pharmacy

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%
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Degrees

Other

41.9%

Bachelors

22.2%

Associate

19.9%

Certificate

8.4%

Masters

3.5%

Diploma

3.4%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Shipping Clerk Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Shipping Clerk Children's Island Corp. East Stroudsburg, PA Aug 02, 2016 $35,942
Shipping Clerk Champion Produce Inc. Manahawkin, NJ Aug 29, 2008 $35,396
Shipping Clerk Champion Produce Inc. Manahawkin, NJ Nov 19, 2007 $34,122
Shipping Clerk Keene Engineering Inc. CA Feb 08, 2011 $33,517
Shipping Clerks Irwin Naturals Los Angeles, CA May 22, 2008 $33,016
Shipping Clerk Nyfashion101, Inc. Ridgefield, NJ May 05, 2016 $28,246
Shipping Clerk Dibruno Bros. Inc. T/A Dibruno Bros. Philadelphia, PA Jan 21, 2011 $26,291
Shipping Clerk Db Associates, Inc. T/A DI Bruno Bros. Philadelphia, PA Oct 21, 2009 $26,291
Shipping Clerk MSK Apparel, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 09, 2016 $25,418
Shipping Clerk Genx Textile, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 12, 2015 $24,710
Shipping Clerk Pumyang Shipping America Inc. Hayward, CA Jul 10, 2016 $24,461
Shipping Clerk JK Bio Cosmetic, Inc. Buena Park, CA Apr 29, 2016 $23,587
Shipping Clerk Creative Energies, Inc. New York, NY Oct 20, 2008 $21,955
Shipping Clerk Dibruno Bros. Inc. W/A DI Bruno Bros. Philadelphia, PA Jan 04, 2011 $20,738
Shipping Clerk Love Tree Fashion Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 03, 2016 $20,530
Shipping Clerk Love Tree Fashion Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 03, 2016 $20,530
Shipping Clerk Korean Top Express, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Mar 25, 2016 $20,530
Shipping Clerk Love Tree Fashion Inc. Los Angeles, CA Apr 26, 2016 $20,530
Shipping Clerk Made By Johnny Group, Inc. Carson, CA Jun 24, 2016 $20,530

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Top Skills for A Shipping Clerk

DeliveryTrucksCustomerServiceDataEntryOutgoingShipmentsCustomerOrdersOutgoingPackagesEnsureSafetyElectricPalletJackInventoryControlFed-ExPurchaseOrdersLoadTrucksUspsRFLTLDHLBOLCycleCountsLogisticsSort

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Top Shipping Clerk Skills

  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Customer Service
  3. Data Entry
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Unloaded skids of paper and supplies from delivery trucks using pallet jack or electric hydraulic jack.
  • Provided customer service, including anticipating customer needs, suggesting alternatives and problem solving.
  • Strengthened company's business by leading implementation of data entry using Microsoft Operating Systems and UPS intranet.
  • Examined outgoing shipments to ensure shipments met specifications.
  • Pick customer orders for shipment, ensuring that the correct number and type of product is loaded and shipped.

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