Inventory Clerk Salary

Inventory Clerks in the United States pull down an average of $13.03 per hour. Compensation ranges between $9.33 per hour and $16.94. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Inventory Clerks are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 52 percent of the field. Work is enjoyable for Inventory Clerks, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,536 - $45,650
(Median)
$25K
$34K
$46K
MEDIAN: $34,159
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$9.33 - $16.94
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$17
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,536 - $45,650  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,526  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $1,200  
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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$20,020 - $40,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 50
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.33 - $16.94  
   
Overtime
$14.57 - $25.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,526  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $1,200  
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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$20,020 - $40,113  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 456
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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Inventory Control Supervisor. The latter position pays an average of $40K annually. It is not uncommon for an Inventory Clerk to continue on to become an Inventory Control Clerk or a Shipping & Receiving Clerk.

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Popular Skills for Inventory Clerk


Survey results suggest that Inventory Clerks use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Microsoft Office, Windows Operating System General Use, and Inventory Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Data Entry as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of 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.


Inventory Clerks with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $27K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $30K. Inventory Clerks who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $32K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $38K.

Pay Difference by Location


Inventory Clerks working in Los Angeles earn a bit more than the national average, but overall, earnings in this area are not heavily influenced by geographic location. With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Buffalo is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Houston (7 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Inventory Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 30%



National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Inventory Clerk Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%

Inventory Control
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$29,000

Data Entry
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 24%
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