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Working As A Warehouse Shipping Clerk

  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Processing Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Repetitive

  • $32,538

    Average Salary

What Does A Warehouse Shipping 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 Shipping 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 Length of Employment
Distribution Clerk 3.5 years
Shipping Lead 3.4 years
Shipping Operator 3.4 years
Shipper Receiver 3.3 years
Traffic Clerk 3.2 years
Shipping Agent 3.1 years
Dispatcher Clerk 3.0 years
Warehouse/Driver 2.8 years
Warehouse Shipper 2.8 years
Stockroom Clerk 2.8 years
Receiving Clerk 2.7 years
Return Clerk 2.7 years
Shipping Clerk 2.6 years
Logistics Clerk 2.6 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.5 years
Freight Clerk 2.4 years
General Warehouse 2.3 years
Clerk 2.3 years
Inventory Clerk 2.2 years
Shipping Assistant 2.0 years
Shipping Processor 2.0 years
Shipping 1.9 years
Warehouse Employee 1.8 years
Shipping Associate 1.7 years
Warehouse Helper 1.5 years
Shipping Packer 1.5 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 9.2%
Supervisor 3.5%
Operator 3.2%
Top Employers After
Driver 5.1%
Technician 3.4%
Cashier 3.4%
Shipping 3.0%

Warehouse Shipping Clerk Demographics

Gender

Male

73.5%

Female

25.1%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

77.3%

Hispanic or Latino

14.1%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.2%

Romanian

5.6%

Japanese

5.6%

French

5.6%

Carrier

5.6%

Dakota

5.6%
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Warehouse Shipping Clerk Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.5%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

8.3%

Miami Dade College

6.3%

The Academy

6.3%

De Anza College

4.2%

St. Philip's College

4.2%

La Salle University

4.2%

Tarrant County College District

4.2%

Remington College

4.2%

Universal Technical Institute-Motorcycle Mechanics

4.2%

Western Illinois University

4.2%

Garden City Community College

4.2%

Iowa State University

4.2%

Orange Coast College

4.2%

Reading Area Community College

4.2%

Universal Technical Institute

4.2%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.2%

Durham Technical Community College

4.2%

Collins College

4.2%

Delta Technical College

4.2%
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Majors

Business

26.5%

Criminal Justice

10.8%

Computer Science

9.2%

General Studies

6.5%

Electrical Engineering

4.3%

Computer Information Systems

4.3%

Management

3.8%

Accounting

3.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Automotive Technology

3.2%

Graphic Design

3.2%

Nursing Assistants

3.2%

Education

2.7%

Drafting And Design

2.2%

Fine Arts

2.2%

Elementary Education

2.2%

Communication

2.2%

Theology

2.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

48.6%

Bachelors

18.8%

Associate

18.2%

Certificate

8.2%

Masters

3.1%

Diploma

2.8%

Doctorate

0.3%
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Top Skills for A Warehouse Shipping Clerk

PalletJackStockPartsDeliveryTrucksSafetyUps/FedexForkliftsPackageInventoryControlCustomerServiceDataEntryCustomerOrdersRFLoadTrucksFED EXCycleCountsOutgoingShipmentsLTLUspsHandToolsComputerSystem

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Top Warehouse Shipping Clerk Skills

  1. Pallet Jack
  2. Stock Parts
  3. Delivery Trucks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated powered lift trucks, pallet jacks and forklifts safely, with a 0% incident rate.
  • Stock parts for daily parts delivery drivers.
  • Perform equipment safety checks and report discrepancies as required.
  • Use hand/power tools to create various assemblies per blue print requirement UPS/FedEx shipping Receive parts using RF scanners Inventory
  • Certified to use various forms of PIT equipment including Forklifts, Order Pickers, and more

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Warehouse Shipping Clerk Videos

L&R Warehouse Training Video - Receiving

Warehouse Operations - Shipping, Receiving, Inventory Management RFID

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