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Working As A Warehouse Specialist

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

  • $31,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Warehouse Specialist 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 Specialist

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 Specialist Career Paths

Warehouse Specialist
Supply Technician Logistics Specialist Logistics Coordinator
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Logistics Specialist Team Leader
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Supply Technician Logistics Specialist Logistics Analyst
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Supervisor
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Project Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Team Leader Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Specialist Team Leader Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Specialist Executive Assistant Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Buyer Owner/Operator
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Buyer Warehouse Manager
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Material Coordinator Purchasing Agent Warehouse Manager
Logistics Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Laboratory Technician Production Supervisor
Distribution Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Specialist Purchasing Agent Warehouse Supervisor
Inventory Control Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Inventory Control Specialist Purchasing Agent Senior Buyer
Supply Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Warehouse Shipper 3.0 years
Warehouse Clerk 2.6 years
Warehouse Employee 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Warehouse Specialist
Cashier 7.8%
Manager 3.5%
Supervisor 3.4%
Driver 3.4%
Specialist 2.6%
Top Careers After Warehouse Specialist
Driver 4.9%
Cashier 4.7%
Technician 3.3%
Supervisor 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$31,000
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$24,000
Min 10%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$40,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Santa Rosa, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Warehouse Specialist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Warehouse Specialist in the United States is $31,504 per year or $15 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $24,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $40,000.

Real Warehouse Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Business Warehouse Specialist Becton, Dickinson and Company San Jose, CA Mar 22, 2010 $90,000
Date Warehouse Specialist Tata Consultancy Services Limited Wilmington, DE Aug 18, 2015 $75,000
Database Warehouse Specialist Tata Consultancy Services Limited Jacksonville, FL Jul 14, 2016 $60,700 -
$87,000
Database Warehouse Specialist Aurora Solutions, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Jan 09, 2016 $54,000

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Top Skills for A Warehouse Specialist

  1. Safety Procedures
  2. Inventory Control
  3. Pallet Jack
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Insured warehouse was organized, safe and followed all safety procedures according to company policy.
  • Performed a variety of inventory control and auditing activities to verify the accuracy of physical product and product movement.
  • Selected and stacked customer product for distribution, operated electric pallet jack.
  • Operated forklifts and other heavy machinery safely.
  • Provided customer service and accountability for the storage of all incoming freight including part identification was another function that I performed.

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Warehouse Specialist Demographics

Gender

Male

72.1%

Female

16.6%

Unknown

11.3%
Ethnicity

White

60.1%

Hispanic or Latino

17.7%

Black or African American

12.7%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

3.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

78.3%

Portuguese

3.1%

German

3.1%

French

2.3%

Mandarin

1.6%

Hindi

1.6%

Italian

1.6%

Khmer

0.8%

Dutch

0.8%

Hungarian

0.8%

Chinese

0.8%

Bosnian

0.8%

Japanese

0.8%

Tagalog

0.8%

Cantonese

0.8%

Dakota

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Thai

0.8%
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Warehouse Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

24.0%

Albany Technical College

8.1%

Central Texas College

7.7%

Strayer University

6.1%

Tidewater Community College

6.1%

Ashford University

4.8%

The Academy

4.8%

Trident Technical College

3.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.6%

Barstow Community College

3.2%

Norfolk State University

3.2%

Darton State College

3.0%

Fayetteville Technical Community College

3.0%

Austin Peay State University

2.8%

Columbia Southern University

2.8%

Colorado Technical University

2.8%

Columbus State Community College

2.8%

Houston Community College

2.4%

Community College of the Air Force

2.4%

Pikes Peak Community College

2.4%
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Majors

Business

31.6%

General Studies

8.5%

Criminal Justice

7.0%

Supply Chain Management

5.6%

Management

5.0%

Computer Science

5.0%

Accounting

4.1%

Liberal Arts

3.2%

Electrical Engineering

3.1%

Psychology

3.1%

Information Technology

3.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Communication

2.8%

Education

2.8%

Automotive Technology

2.5%

Graphic Design

2.1%

Health Care Administration

2.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Computer Networking

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

38.9%

Bachelors

26.4%

Associate

19.7%

Certificate

7.7%

Masters

3.5%

Diploma

3.2%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.2%
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