Inventory Clerk Salary (United States)

Inventory Clerks in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $12.31 per hour. The range in pay spans from $8.86 per hour to $16.49. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—about a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Male Inventory Clerks are just a bit more common than females ones, with males workers composing 51 percent of the field. For the most part, Inventory Clerks enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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For Inventory Clerks, career progression may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, an Inventory Control Supervisor, an upper-level role, can earn an extra $12,165 annually than those further down the career ladder. An Inventory Control Clerk or a Shipping and Receiving Traffic Clerk is a typical transition from an Inventory Clerk role.

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Popular Skills for Inventory Clerk

Inventory Clerks report a narrow range of specific skills. 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. 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 less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $25K to $30K. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $33K. After 20 years of work in the field, Inventory Clerks typically earn $35K and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. 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. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

National Average
$28,000
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With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Buffalo is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Inventory Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$28,000

Skills That Affect Inventory Clerk Salaries

National Average
$28,000
Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
49%
female alumni
 
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%
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