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Working As A Warehouse 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

  • $23,240

    Average Salary

What Does A Warehouse 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 Warehouse 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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Warehouse Clerk Career Paths

Warehouse Clerk
Forklift Operator Security Officer
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Operations Manager General Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Account Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Materials Management
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Operator Operation Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Service Technician Service Manager
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator Technician
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Production Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Delivery Driver Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Worker Security Officer Account Manager
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Supervisor Warehouse Manager Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Lead Warehouse Supervisor Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Manager Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Order Selector Inventory Controller Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Clerk Forklift Operator
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Warehouse Foreman 4.0 years
Distribution Clerk 3.5 years
Supply Clerk 3.4 years
Warehouseman 3.4 years
Warehouse Lead 3.3 years
Shipper Receiver 3.3 years
Production Clerk 3.0 years
Storeroom Clerk 3.0 years
Materials Clerk 2.9 years
Warehouse/Driver 2.8 years
Stockroom Clerk 2.8 years
Warehouse Shipper 2.8 years
Receiving Clerk 2.7 years
Logistics Clerk 2.6 years
Shipping Clerk 2.6 years
Material Handler 2.4 years
General Warehouse 2.3 years
Delivery/Warehouse 2.3 years
Clerk 2.3 years
Inventory Clerk 2.2 years
Warehouse Agent 2.1 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.0 years
Shipping 1.9 years
Warehouse Employee 1.8 years
Warehouse Labour 1.8 years
Warehouse Worker 1.8 years
Warehouse Stocker 1.6 years
Puller 1.5 years
Warehouse Helper 1.5 years
Warehouse Hand 1.3 years
Warehouse Picker 1.1 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 11.5%
Clerk 3.1%
Supervisor 3.1%
Driver 2.8%
Top Employers After
Cashier 5.4%
Driver 5.0%
Clerk 3.4%
Technician 2.9%

Warehouse Clerk Demographics

Gender

Male

68.7%

Female

29.7%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

72.6%

Hispanic or Latino

19.2%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

80.1%

French

4.9%

Russian

1.6%

Arabic

1.6%

Tagalog

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Carrier

1.0%

Italian

1.0%

Portuguese

1.0%

German

1.0%

Swedish

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Cantonese

0.7%

Filipino

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Hmong

0.7%

Hindi

0.7%

Swahili

0.3%

Samoan

0.3%

Gujarati

0.3%
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Warehouse Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.6%

Kaplan University

7.0%

Lansing Community College

6.0%

Ashford University

5.7%

Cerritos College

4.5%

Sinclair Community College

4.2%

Strayer University

4.2%

Palomar College

4.2%

Delgado Community College

4.0%

El Paso Community College

3.7%

Pima Community College

3.7%

Miami Dade College

3.7%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.7%

Grand Canyon University

3.2%

Glendale Community College

3.2%

Palm Beach State College

3.2%

Union County College

3.0%

Essex County College

3.0%

East Los Angeles College

3.0%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.0%
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Majors

Business

29.7%

Criminal Justice

8.0%

General Studies

7.4%

Accounting

6.6%

Computer Science

5.3%

Health Care Administration

5.3%

Psychology

3.3%

Electrical Engineering

3.2%

Liberal Arts

3.2%

Management

3.0%

Medical Assisting Services

3.0%

Education

2.8%

Communication

2.8%

Computer Information Systems

2.8%

Information Technology

2.7%

Graphic Design

2.3%

Automotive Technology

2.3%

Nursing

2.2%

Supply Chain Management

2.0%

Medical Technician

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

43.0%

Bachelors

23.7%

Associate

19.3%

Certificate

7.7%

Masters

3.0%

Diploma

2.9%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Real Warehouse Clerk Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Warehouse Clerk Riconpharma LLC Denville, NJ Sep 20, 2016 $49,546
Warehouse Clerk Riconpharma LLC Denville, NJ Sep 22, 2016 $49,546
Warehouse Clerk Riconpharma LLC Denville, NJ Sep 27, 2016 $49,546
Warehouse Clerk Riconpharma LLC Denville, NJ Sep 20, 2016 $45,000
Warehouse Clerk L'Elegante Cuisine Inc. Elk Grove Village, IL Mar 16, 2012 $44,325
Warehouse Clerk Mobis Parts America, LLC Miami, FL Nov 09, 2009 $28,696
Warehouse Clerk Gold Coast Eagle Distributing Sarasota, FL Jun 11, 2008 $26,839
Warehouse Clerk Gold Coast Eagle Distributing Sarasota, FL May 23, 2008 $26,839

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Top Skills for A Warehouse Clerk

UnloadMerchandiseDeliveryTrucksSafetyRegulationsElectricPalletJackCustomerServiceDataEntryPurchaseOrdersInventoryControlCustomerOrdersInspectStockItemsFedexStorageAreasPackageLoadTrucksCycleCountsSortSalesOrdersRFLogisticsWarehouseInventory

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Top Warehouse Clerk Skills

  1. Unload Merchandise
  2. Delivery Trucks
  3. Safety Regulations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Receive truck and unload merchandise * Merchandise distribution * Compile inventory balances and price lists 1309 Antonio St Anthony TX.
  • Load and unload delivery trucks, receive and log package and freight deliveries notifying and delivering items as needed.
  • Clean and maintain supplies, tools, equipment and storage areas in order to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
  • Transported pallets to designated locations and staging areas using an electric pallet jack or forklift.
  • Provide exceptional customer service to both internal and external customers.

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