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Working as a Stock Clerk

As a stock clerk, you get to play a matching game every day. We know you enjoyed matching card games when you were younger, so this should be no tough feat for you. You've got this in the bag.

Stock clerks find merchandise in the back and pull it up to the front. They match the product with the barcode in a specific area, or spot on the shelf. Rather than an elf on the shelf, you put merchandise on the shelf. Unless you work for a store that sells Elf on the Shelf. In which case, you would literaly be putting an elf on the shelf.

Enough of that nonsense. Typically stock clerks work part-time hours, and usually stocking takes place before or after the store has closed. So you might be working some crazy hours. On the bright side, you get to play a matching game during work and not many people get to say that.

What Does a Stock 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.

How To Become a Stock 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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Average Salary$22,043
Job Growth Rate1%

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Average Salary for a Stock Clerk

Stock Clerks in America make an average salary of $22,043 per year or $11 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $28,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $17,000 per year.
Average Salary
$22,043

Best Paying Cities

Average Salary
Salary Range23k - 35k$29k$29,042
Salary Range23k - 33k$28k$27,809
Salary Range22k - 31k$27k$26,777
Salary Range23k - 30k$27k$26,773
Salary Range21k - 28k$25k$24,606
Salary Range20k - 29k$25k$24,545
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Stock Clerk Demographics

Gender

male

59.0%

female

36.5%

unknown

4.5%

Ethnicity

White

62.5%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Black or African American

10.6%

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.4%

French

6.5%

German

3.7%
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Stock Clerk Education

Majors

Degrees

High School Diploma

44.3%

Bachelors

21.2%

Associate

17.0%

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Top Skills For a Stock Clerk

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 18.9% of stock clerks listed stock shelves on their resume, but soft skills such as math skills and detail oriented are important as well.

  • Stock Shelves, 18.9%
  • Customer Service, 14.2%
  • Customer Merchandise Selection, 7.6%
  • Communication, 5.9%
  • Company Policies, 5.2%
  • Other Skills, 48.2%
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Best States For a Stock Clerk

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a stock clerk. The best states for people in this position are Maine, Washington, Alaska, and California. Stock clerks make the most in Maine with an average salary of $32,333. Whereas in Washington and Alaska, they would average $29,054 and $28,273, respectively. While stock clerks would only make an average of $27,902 in California, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. Minnesota

Total Stock Clerk Jobs:
341
Highest 10% Earn:
$35,000
Location Quotient:
1.19
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Idaho

Total Stock Clerk Jobs:
48
Highest 10% Earn:
$37,000
Location Quotient:
0.97
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Maine

Total Stock Clerk Jobs:
43
Highest 10% Earn:
$44,000
Location Quotient:
0.86
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Stock Clerk Resumes

Designing and figuring out what to include on your resume can be tough, not to mention time-consuming. That's why we put together a guide that is designed to help you craft the perfect resume for becoming a stock clerk. If you're needing extra inspiration, take a look through our selection of templates that are specific to your job.

At Zippia, we went through countless stock clerk resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

Learn How To Write a Stock Clerk Resume

At Zippia, we went through countless stock clerk resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Top Stock Clerk Employers

1. Walmart
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$33,061
Stock Clerks Hired: 
3,301+
2. Target
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$42,036
Stock Clerks Hired: 
2,480+
3. Publix
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$30,042
Stock Clerks Hired: 
2,102+
4. Kroger
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$29,845
Stock Clerks Hired: 
1,366+
5. Family Dollar
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$30,920
Stock Clerks Hired: 
939+
6. Dollar Tree
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$31,208
Stock Clerks Hired: 
882+

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Updated October 2, 2020