Inventory Control Clerk Salary
Job Description for Inventory Control Clerk
Inventory control clerks manage and coordinate inventory control operations within a business. Their primary responsibility is to ensure that the company’s inventory is both accurate and up to date. They coordinate among various groups to gather inventory information; for example, they work with vendors to get current shipping records, details on expected incoming inventory, and verification of prior shipments. Inventory control clerks also work with customer service professionals and other inventory personnel to give and receive updates on inventory-related issues. Inventory control clerks serve as the primary hub for inventory information and are expected to efficiently gather and distribute information in line with their company’s specific inventory management system or policies. Once accurate inventory has been taken, inventory control clerks address any overages or shortages by recommending modifications to future orders. They also communicate with warehouse personnel to prepare items for display in the store or designate locations for warehouse storage.Read More...
Inventory control clerks typically work full time in a commercial or warehouse environment, although they may need to handle off-hours or weekend deliveries and duties in some positions. They may be required to lift and move heavy objects and/or operate standard warehouse equipment in the course of their work.
Inventory control clerks are generally required to hold a high school diploma or equivalent. They must have excellent communication skills, as they coordinate with several departments and outside vendors. At least one year's experience with warehouse procedures or inventory control is required in most cases. Basic computer skills and data entry ability are also necessary to keep accurate and up-to-date inventory records.
Inventory Control 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 Control Clerk
Inventory Control Clerks who go on to become Manufacturing Production Planners may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Manufacturing Production Planners is $50K annually. Inventory Control Clerks typically move into roles as Inventory Control Supervisors or Inventory Control Managers, and those positions pay $10K more and $14K more, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Inventory Control Clerk
Inventory Control Clerks generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, and Inventory Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Cycle Count also know Microsoft Excel and Inventory Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Inventory Control Clerk
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $30K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $32K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $33K in this role. 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 $37K.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 20 percent, Inventory Control Clerks in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. Inventory Control Clerks will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+19 percent), Las Vegas (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and Denver (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Fort Worth. Employers in Memphis and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).
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