Inventory Clerk Salary
|Salary||$22,846 - $49,485|
|Bonus||$251.68 - $2,054|
|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).)
|$21,615 - $41,610|
|Hourly Rate||$10.23 - $18.19|
|Overtime||$16.02 - $27.37|
|Bonus||$251.68 - $2,054|
|Total Pay (||$21,615 - $41,610|
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.Read More...
Inventory clerks catalog and keep track of all goods and/or supplies on hand. For goods on hand to be sold or shipped, the inventory clerk helps production supervisors understand and forecast future needs and par levels. The inventory clerk may help ensure accuracy in order fulfillment as well. For goods or supplies to be used, the inventory clerk's accurate counts are used to establish how often new inventory is ordered and in what quantities.
For companies utilizing inventory clerks strictly for counting and accuracy purposes, the education requirements tend to include a high school diploma or equivalent, with some warehouse experience preferred. For clerks tasked with electronic reconciliation and forecasting goods and supplies, however, a company may prefer individuals with practical experience and at least an associate's degree in business or a similar field. Inventory clerks typically work during regular business hours. However, some warehouse operations require 24-hour shift work; in these cases, a clerk may need to work evening and overnight shifts.
Inventory Clerk Tasks
- Coordinate with shipping to ensure all receiving shipments are moving in and out of warehouse as scheduled.
- Load and unload trucks.
- Generate reports on inventory balance and shortages.
- Count merchandise in stock and post totals to inventory records.
Common Career Paths for Inventory Clerk
As Inventory Clerks transition into upper-level roles such as Manufacturing Production Planner, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Manufacturing Production Planners earn $50K on average per year. An Inventory Clerk may also move into a role as an Inventory Control Clerk or an Inventory Control Supervisor.
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Popular Skills for Inventory Clerk
Inventory Clerks report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Windows Operating System General Use, Microsoft Office, Data Entry, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Inventory Clerks — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $31K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $29K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $33K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $34K.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 11 percent, Inventory Clerks in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Inventory Clerks will also find cushy salaries in New York (+9 percent) and Dallas (+7 percent). Buffalo ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in San Diego (10 percent lower) and Memphis (9 percent lower).
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