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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

  • $26,000

    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
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Specialist Operation Supervisor
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Shipping Supervisor Warehouse Manager General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager General Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Accounts Payable Clerk Staff Accountant
Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Driver Dispatcher
Dispatcher Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Inventory Control Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Driver Dispatcher
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Case Manager Program Coordinator
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Receiving Clerk Security Officer Account Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Security Officer Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Account Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Receiving Clerk Inventory Control Specialist
Support Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Shipping Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Shipping Lead 3.4 years
Traffic Clerk 3.1 years
Shipping Clerk 3.0 years
Receiving Clerk 2.7 years
Logistics Clerk 2.6 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Shipping Assistant 2.1 years
Shipping Associate 1.7 years
Shipping 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Shipping Clerk
Cashier 11.4%
Teller 4.5%
Manager 3.1%
Clerk 3.0%
Supervisor 2.9%
Top Careers After Shipping Clerk
Cashier 6.3%
Driver 4.2%
Teller 3.4%
Manager 3.1%
Clerk 3.0%

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Shipping Clerk Demographics

Gender

Male

55.1%

Female

43.5%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

18.1%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.9%

French

4.4%

Carrier

4.2%

Chinese

2.5%

Mandarin

2.0%

Portuguese

1.7%

German

1.5%

Arabic

1.5%

Hmong

1.2%

Russian

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Polish

1.0%

Kurdish

0.7%

Italian

0.7%

Dakota

0.7%

Turkish

0.5%

Hindi

0.5%

Wolof

0.5%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Armenian

0.5%
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Shipping Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.5%

Liberty University

6.7%

Southwest Tennessee Community College

6.5%

University of Memphis

5.8%

Kaplan University

5.6%

Ashford University

5.0%

College of DuPage

4.3%

Strayer University

4.0%

Remington College

3.6%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.6%

Mt San Antonio College

3.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.4%

Northwest Mississippi Community College

3.2%

El Paso Community College

3.1%

The Academy

3.1%

Cerritos College

3.1%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

2.9%

Glendale Community College

2.9%

Troy University

2.7%

Utah Valley University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

29.4%

Accounting

8.3%

General Studies

6.8%

Health Care Administration

6.8%

Criminal Justice

6.5%

Computer Science

4.6%

Psychology

3.7%

Medical Assisting Services

3.5%

Communication

3.2%

Information Technology

3.0%

Management

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Nursing

2.7%

Education

2.7%

Electrical Engineering

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Graphic Design

2.3%

Automotive Technology

2.1%

Pharmacy

1.9%

Computer Networking

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

42.1%

Bachelors

22.0%

Associate

20.1%

Certificate

8.1%

Masters

3.5%

Diploma

3.3%

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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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Shipping Clerk

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%
$34,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Neogen
Highest Paying City
Salisbury, MD
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Shipping Clerk make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Shipping Clerk in the United States is $26,306 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 $34,000.

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Top Skills for A Shipping Clerk

  1. Production Areas
  2. Outgoing Shipments
  3. Outbound Deliveries
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Process materials and packages as they move to and from storage, production areas, loading docks and delivery vehicles
  • Compared identifying information on outgoing shipments against information on the bills of lading to verify accuracy.
  • Prepared invoices and delivery orders * Ensure posting of outbound deliveries * Pull, pack, and ship finished goods
  • Developed schedule for two department delivery trucks resulting in more efficient use of department personnel.
  • Repackaged UPS and FEDEX shipments and entered them into the Database to be shipped.

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Top 10 Best States for Shipping Clerks

  1. Wisconsin
  2. Pennsylvania
  3. Iowa
  4. Washington
  5. Alaska
  6. North Dakota
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Nebraska
  9. District of Columbia
  10. Massachusetts
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