Inventory Clerk Salary (United States)

Inventory Clerks in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.31 per hour. Pay generally spreads from $8.86 per hour to $16.49. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around one third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 51 percent. For the most part, Inventory Clerks enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Inventory Clerk Salary (?
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$24,239 - $44,165
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MEDIAN: $34,158
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Inventory Clerk Salary (?
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$8.86 - $16.49
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$24,239 - $44,165  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,200  
Profit Sharing
$101.74 - $1,179  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,873 - $39,495  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 54
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.86 - $16.49  
   
Overtime
$13.41 - $24.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,200  
   
Profit Sharing
$101.74 - $1,179  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$18,873 - $39,495  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 401
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Job Description for Inventory Clerk

An inventory clerk can have a variety of responsibilities based on the hiring company and their specific job description. In general, however, an inventory clerk works with stored goods in a warehouse environment, facilitating the movement of goods going out to customers and coming in for use. They also help track and keep accurate counts of items on hand and utilize these numbers to help create par lists to be used in the supply chain.
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Inventory Clerk Tasks
  • Generate reports on inventory balance and shortages.
  • Count merchandise in stock and post totals to inventory records.
  • Coordinate with shipping to ensure all receiving shipments are moving in and out of warehouse as scheduled.
  • Load and unload trucks.

Common Career Paths for Inventory Clerk

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Inventory Clerks may receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Inventory Control Supervisor position may earn an additional $12,165 per year. It is not unusual for an Inventory Clerk to become an Inventory Control Clerk or a Shipping and Receiving Traffic Clerk.

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Popular Skills for Inventory Clerk

Inventory Clerks report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Windows Operating System General Use, Inventory Control, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 7 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Data Entry, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know Windows Operating System General Use.

Pay by Experience Level for Inventory Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Inventory Clerks, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Starting out, salaries are typically $25K, which grows to $30K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $33K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Inventory Clerks tend to earn $35K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 7 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; most of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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$28,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
49%
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Male
51%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 28%