Inventory Clerk Salary

The average Inventory Clerk in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $13.31 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.61 per hour on the lower side but can approach $17.34 on the higher side. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Inventory Clerks claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Inventory Clerks (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Slightly less than a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$24,918 - $45,353
(Median)
$25K
$33K
$45K
MEDIAN: $33,398
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$9.61 - $17.34
(Median)
$9
$13
$17
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,918 - $45,353  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,950  
Profit Sharing
$20.13 - $3,041  
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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$20,320 - $40,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 53
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.61 - $17.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$14.81 - $26.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,950  
   
Profit Sharing
$20.13 - $3,041  
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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$20,320 - $40,528  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 540
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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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It's not very common for Inventory Clerks to move on to become Inventory Control Managers. Average pay for an Inventory Control Manager is $45K annually. A more common career path for Inventory Clerks is stepping into the role of Inventory Control Clerk or Inventory Control Supervisor.

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Popular Skills for Inventory Clerk


Survey results show that Inventory Clerks use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Windows Operating System General Use, Inventory Control, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Entry. Most people experienced in 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 Inventory Clerks, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $30K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $28K. Inventory Clerks with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $32K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Inventory Clerk with more than 20 years of experience can earn $38K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,453

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Inventory Clerks, 8 percent above the national average. Inventory Clerks will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+4 percent) and Los Angeles (+2 percent). Buffalo ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Inventory Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%



National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Inventory Clerk Salaries

Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Inventory Control
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$29,000

Inventory Management
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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