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Working As A Warehouse Associate

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

  • $29,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Warehouse Associate 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 Warehouse Associate

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 Length of Employment
Warehouse Shipper 3.0 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.6 years
Warehouse Worker 2.0 years
Warehouse Employee 1.9 years
Warehouse Stocker 1.6 years
Warehouse Picker 1.3 years
Top Careers Before Warehouse Associate
Cashier 18.5%
Associate 3.8%
Server 3.0%
Cook 2.8%
Driver 2.5%
Stocker 2.1%
Manager 2.0%
Top Careers After Warehouse Associate
Cashier 10.5%
Associate 4.6%
Driver 4.5%
Server 2.6%
Cook 2.2%
Technician 2.1%

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Warehouse Associate Demographics

Gender

Male

58.9%

Female

24.1%

Unknown

17.0%
Ethnicity

White

61.0%

Hispanic or Latino

17.2%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

78.4%

French

6.0%

German

1.9%

Arabic

1.5%

Carrier

1.4%

Portuguese

1.4%

Chinese

1.1%

Japanese

1.1%

Russian

1.1%

Mandarin

0.9%

Polish

0.8%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Hindi

0.7%

Tagalog

0.6%

Hmong

0.5%

Swedish

0.5%

Korean

0.5%

Italian

0.5%

Cantonese

0.4%

Somali

0.3%
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Warehouse Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.1%

The Academy

9.8%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

6.1%

Houston Community College

4.7%

Columbus State Community College

4.4%

Kaplan University

4.4%

Miami Dade College

4.4%

Ashford University

4.4%

Strayer University

4.2%

Universal Technical Institute

4.0%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.9%

Atlanta Technical College

3.8%

Midlands Technical College

3.6%

San Bernardino Valley College

3.6%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.5%

Everest Institute

3.4%

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

3.3%

Glendale Community College

3.2%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.2%

Chaffey College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

25.1%

Criminal Justice

9.2%

General Studies

9.1%

Medical Assisting Services

5.6%

Computer Science

5.0%

Nursing

4.6%

Accounting

4.3%

Psychology

3.9%

Health Care Administration

3.9%

Automotive Technology

3.6%

Communication

3.1%

Information Technology

2.9%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Education

2.7%

Electrical Engineering

2.5%

Management

2.4%

Kinesiology

2.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

45.2%

Bachelors

21.4%

Associate

19.2%

Certificate

7.6%

Diploma

3.9%

Masters

1.9%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$24,000
Min 10%
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Median 50%
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$34,000
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Best Paying Company
Hubbell
Highest Paying City
Portland, OR
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does a Warehouse Associate make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Warehouse Associate in the United States is $29,072 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $24,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $34,000.

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Top Skills for A Warehouse Associate

  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Pallet Jack
  3. Safety Regulations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained database of audio and video equipment Cataloged incoming and outgoing inventory Loaded and unloaded delivery trucks
  • Moved inventory to various locations manually and by operating mechanical equipment, including forklift, pallet jack, and handcart.
  • Created and maintained safe working environment by maintaining work area and upholding safety regulations.
  • Performed quality inspection of merchandise.
  • Packed customer orders in containers by appropriate location destination.

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