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Working As A Shipping Coordinator

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

  • $47,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Shipping Coordinator 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 Coordinator

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 Coordinator Career Paths

Shipping Coordinator
Shipping Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor Operations Manager
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Account Manager Finance Advisor Investment Consultant
Branch Office Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Shipping Manager Production Manager General Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Accountant Senior Auditor
Controls Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Team Manager Call Center Manager
Customer Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Dispatcher General Manager Property Manager
Director Of Property Management
6 Yearsyrs
Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Specialist Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Operations Manager
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Analyst Chemist
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Production Manager Material Manager
Material Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Site Manager Construction Manager
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Operation Supervisor Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Operations Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Shipping Manager Office Manager Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Dispatcher Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shipping Supervisor Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Shipping Lead 3.4 years
Shipper Receiver 3.3 years
Shipping Agent 3.2 years
Shipping Clerk 2.6 years
Shipping Assistant 2.1 years
Shipping Associate 1.7 years
Shipping 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Shipping Coordinator
Cashier 7.1%
Supervisor 4.3%
Teller 3.7%
Manager 3.5%
Top Careers After Shipping Coordinator
Cashier 3.8%
Supervisor 3.7%
Buyer 3.7%
Driver 3.6%
Teller 3.5%

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Shipping Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Male

56.9%

Female

41.3%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

62.6%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

7.4%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.0%

Russian

4.4%

Chinese

4.4%

German

4.4%

Mandarin

3.7%

Cantonese

3.7%

Portuguese

3.0%

Carrier

3.0%

Japanese

2.2%

Polish

2.2%

Ukrainian

1.5%

Thai

1.5%

Turkish

0.7%

Romanian

0.7%

Hindi

0.7%

Hmong

0.7%

Hebrew

0.7%

Danish

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

French

0.7%
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Shipping Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

25.9%

Ashford University

7.3%

University of Northern Iowa

4.1%

Baker College

4.1%

Houston Community College

4.1%

Weber State University

4.1%

Davenport University

4.1%

East Tennessee State University

3.6%

Illinois State University

3.6%

Community College of the Air Force

3.6%

Salt Lake Community College

3.6%

Monroe Community College

3.6%

Eastern Michigan University

3.6%

Western Michigan University

3.6%

Miami Dade College

3.6%

Palomar College

3.6%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.6%

Greenville Technical College

3.6%

American InterContinental University

3.1%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.1%
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Majors

Business

37.5%

Accounting

6.6%

General Studies

6.0%

Criminal Justice

5.3%

Management

4.6%

Supply Chain Management

4.4%

Computer Science

4.3%

Psychology

3.4%

Health Care Administration

3.4%

Communication

3.2%

Liberal Arts

2.8%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Marketing

2.5%

Graphic Design

2.3%

Medical Assisting Services

2.1%

Nursing

2.0%

Human Resources Management

2.0%

Finance

1.8%

Information Technology

1.6%

History

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

34.1%

Bachelors

33.6%

Associate

18.6%

Masters

6.0%

Certificate

5.9%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Real Shipping Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Shipping Coordinator Metal Trading Corp Los Altos, CA Aug 22, 2011 $68,224
Shipping Coordinator Sahara Cargo LLC Houston, TX Sep 20, 2013 $64,500
Shipping Coordinator Sahara Cargo LLC Houston, TX Sep 20, 2013 $63,500
Shipping Coordinator Sahara Cargo LLC Houston, TX Sep 25, 2013 $63,500
Fine Art Shipping Coordinator Seaway International Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $60,878
Shipping Coordinator Sahara Cargo LLC Houston, TX Nov 01, 2012 $55,000
International Shipping Coordinator Cadogan Tate Fine Art Storage Limited NY Apr 01, 2010 $52,000
Shipping Coordinator Sotheby's, Inc. New York, NY May 16, 2016 $51,376

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Top Skills for A Shipping Coordinator

  1. On-Time Delivery
  2. Outgoing Shipments
  3. Purchase Orders
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Attended weekly production meeting with management to report/review manufacturing needs in order to provide on-time delivery to customers.
  • Examined outgoing shipments to ensure shipments meet specifications.
  • Prepared purchase orders by verifying specifications and price; obtaining recommendations from suppliers for substitute items; obtaining approval from department.
  • Coordinated shipping by contacting appropriate freight carriers.
  • Promoted from Litigation Customer Service Representative to Shipping Coordinator within six months of employment at Ditto Document Solutions.

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