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Working As A Supply Clerk

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • $28,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Supply 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 Supply 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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Supply Clerk Career Paths

Supply Clerk
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Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Store Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Office Manager
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Logistics Specialist Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Logistics Specialist Buyer
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Clerk Teacher Consultant
Controller
9 Yearsyrs
Clerk Accounts Payable Clerk Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Clerk Executive Assistant Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Coordinator Buyer
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Foreman Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Foreman Warehouse Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Correction Officer Specialist Operation Supervisor
Inventory Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Logistics Coordinator Warehouse Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Accounts Payable Clerk Purchasing Agent
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Correction Officer Maintenance Technician Aircraft Mechanic
Production Controller
5 Yearsyrs
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Supply Clerk Demographics

Gender

Male

47.7%

Female

41.3%

Unknown

11.0%
Ethnicity

White

59.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.2%

Black or African American

14.4%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.6%

French

6.3%

German

3.5%

Tagalog

2.8%

Russian

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Swedish

1.4%

Hindi

1.4%

Korean

1.4%

Carrier

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Cantonese

1.4%

Swahili

0.7%

Mandarin

0.7%

Igbo

0.7%

Yoruba

0.7%

Tibetan

0.7%

Nepali

0.7%

Filipino

0.7%
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Supply Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.3%

Central Texas College

15.0%

Ashford University

7.7%

Strayer University

5.3%

University of Maryland - University College

5.1%

Kaplan University

4.8%

American InterContinental University

4.6%

Colorado Technical University

3.8%

Liberty University

3.7%

American University

3.5%

Troy University

3.1%

Saint Leo University

3.1%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

2.8%

Columbia Southern University

2.7%

Park University

2.6%

Trident Technical College

2.5%

Pikes Peak Community College

2.2%

Fayetteville State University

2.1%

Grantham University

2.1%

Army Quartermaster Center and School

2.0%
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Majors

Business

29.4%

Criminal Justice

9.5%

General Studies

8.0%

Health Care Administration

5.9%

Accounting

5.6%

Supply Chain Management

5.0%

Medical Assisting Services

4.2%

Management

4.0%

Nursing

4.0%

Psychology

3.3%

Computer Science

3.2%

Education

3.0%

Human Resources Management

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.2%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Information Technology

1.9%

Nursing Assistants

1.7%

Finance

1.6%

Human Services

1.6%

Graphic Design

1.6%
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Degrees

Other

36.2%

Bachelors

26.4%

Associate

20.4%

Certificate

6.8%

Masters

6.1%

Diploma

3.1%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$18,000
Min 10%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
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$28,000
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$28,000
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$28,000
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Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
Watertown Regional Medical Center
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Supply Clerk make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Supply Clerk in the United States is $28,783 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $18,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $44,000.

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Top Skills for A Supply Clerk

  1. Office Supplies
  2. Procedures
  3. Property Accountability
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reviewed requisitions and filled orders, ordered and maintained office supplies
  • Train employees with SAP navigation/procedures, warehousing procedures and purchasing procedures.
  • Prepared and processed property accountability documentation.
  • Have extensive experience in submitting purchase orders and receiving inventory.
  • Direct inbound or outbound logistics operations, such as transportation or warehouse activities, safety performance, or logistics quality management.

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