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Working As A Shipping

  • 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 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

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 Career Paths

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Forklift Operator Technician Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Foreman Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Foreman Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Driver Electrician Supervisor
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Electrician Project Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Specialist Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Specialist Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Worker Technician Operation Supervisor
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Technician Operation Supervisor
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Specialist Buyer
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Shipping Clerk Logistics Coordinator
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Buyer Office Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Logistics Coordinator Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Logistics Coordinator Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Coordinator Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Warehouse Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Department Manager
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Logistics Specialist Warehouse Lead
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Detailer Estimator Purchasing Manager
Director Of Materials Management
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Shipping Lead 3.8 years
Shipper Receiver 3.5 years
Shipping Operator 3.4 years
Warehouse Shipper 3.0 years
Shipping Clerk 2.8 years
Shipper 2.6 years
Shipping Assistant 2.1 years
Shipping 2.0 years
Shipping Processor 1.9 years
Shipping Associate 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Shipping
Cashier 18.6%
Cook 4.6%
Driver 3.4%
Server 3.2%
Stocker 3.2%
Assembler 3.1%
Manager 2.8%
Packer 2.8%
Top Careers After Shipping
Cashier 12.2%
Driver 4.9%
Cook 3.9%
Assembler 3.3%
Packer 3.0%
Picker 2.8%
Stocker 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$26,000
Show Salaries
$18,000
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%
$39,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Lippert Components
Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
1.9 years
How much does a Shipping make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Shipping in the United States is $26,950 per year or $13 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $18,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $39,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Top Skills for A Shipping

  1. Production Areas
  2. Pallet Jack
  3. Different Departments
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Distributed inventory to production areas.
  • Unloaded incoming materials using forklift or pallet jack
  • Learned various jobs and helped in different departments.
  • Learned highlifts and powered hand trucks.
  • Use stand up lift and pole trucks to load and unload trucks, also used scanners to keep up with production.

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  6. Maine
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Shipping Demographics

Gender

Male

67.0%

Female

27.7%

Unknown

5.3%
Ethnicity

White

59.6%

Hispanic or Latino

17.5%

Black or African American

10.4%

Asian

9.4%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

79.0%

French

3.9%

Italian

2.2%

German

2.2%

Russian

1.7%

Japanese

1.7%

Hmong

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Korean

0.9%

Portuguese

0.9%

Chinese

0.9%

Swedish

0.4%

Vietnamese

0.4%

Dutch

0.4%

Mandarin

0.4%

Hindi

0.4%

Somali

0.4%

Indonesian

0.4%

Ukrainian

0.4%

Filipino

0.4%
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Shipping Education

Schools

Ashford University

6.9%

Kaplan University

6.9%

University of Akron

6.1%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

6.1%

Universal Technical Institute

5.3%

Grand Rapids Community College

5.3%

Remington College

5.3%

Strayer University

5.3%

Henry Ford College

4.6%

Vincennes University

4.6%

Salt Lake Community College

4.6%

Kent State University

4.6%

Itawamba Community College

4.6%

Full Sail University

4.6%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.6%

Sinclair Community College

4.6%

Mt San Antonio College

4.6%

Everest Institute

3.8%

Rock Valley College

3.8%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.8%
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Majors

Business

21.1%

General Studies

8.6%

Criminal Justice

7.2%

Medical Assisting Services

6.3%

Nursing

6.0%

Automotive Technology

5.8%

Computer Science

5.4%

Accounting

5.4%

Psychology

3.7%

Health Care Administration

3.7%

Precision Metal Working

3.5%

Graphic Design

3.4%

Management

2.9%

Cosmetology

2.7%

Communication

2.6%

Information Technology

2.6%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Education

2.5%

English

2.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.2%
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Degrees

High School Diploma

55.8%

Diploma

13.2%

Associate

12.4%

Bachelors

10.7%

Certificate

6.6%

Masters

0.7%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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