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Inventory Control Specialist Salary (United States)

Pay for Inventory Control Specialists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $14.33 per hour. Cash earnings for Inventory Control Specialists — including $3K in bonuses and $4K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $21K to $51K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by career duration and geography. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Men account for the majority of Inventory Control Specialists — 60 percent to be exact. The majority of Inventory Control Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Inventory Control Specialist Salary (?
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$28,782 - $59,535
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,782 - $59,535  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,081  
Profit Sharing
$225.00 - $3,540  
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$21,324 - $51,414  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 313
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$0$11$22$33
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$9.60 - $19.87  
   
Overtime
$14.46 - $30.25  
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$0$22K$44K$66K
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$0.00 - $3,081  
   
Profit Sharing
$225.00 - $3,540  
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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$21,324 - $51,414  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 841
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Job Description for Inventory Control Specialist

Inventory control specialists are in charge of managing product or company resources. They enter data on parts held by the company and those shipped to other organizations into relevant databases . They must also recognize and resolve quantity discrepancies, make quantity reports, create request tickets as needed, and prepare extensive quantitative statements that help with inventory control duties. They participate in company meetings and provide recommendations on how to make inventory control responsibilities more efficient. The inventory control specialists may help with training new staff members as well.
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Inventory Control Specialist Tasks
  • Submit annual budget reports, ensure financial standards, and resolve issues.
  • Act as liaison between the warehouse and customer service.
  • Assess and monitor warehouse transactions.
  • Track inventory maintenance and control equipment flow.

Common Career Paths for Inventory Control Specialist

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Inventory Control Specialists who go on to become Operations Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Operations Managers is $58K annually. The most common career progression for Inventory Control Specialists leads to becoming an Inventory Control Manager, where average pay is $45K annually. However, many Inventory Control Specialists also opt to become Inventory Specialists. Typically, an Inventory Specialist brings home $32K.

Inventory Control Specialist Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Inventory Control Specialist

Apple Computer, Inc does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $34K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $23K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $45K.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $20K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $17K to $27K. Best Buy is another employer with a reputation for below-average pay.

Popular Skills for Inventory Control Specialist

Survey results suggest that Inventory Control Specialists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Microsoft Excel, Cycle Count, and Inventory Control are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Cycle Count also know Inventory Management and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Inventory Control Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Inventory Control Specialists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $35K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $37K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $42K. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one-tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$34,000
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For Inventory Control Specialists, working in the bustling city of Minneapolis has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Inventory Control Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+15 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), Tulsa (+14 percent), and St. Louis (+14 percent).

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Experience Affects Inventory Control Specialist Salaries

National Average
$34,000

Skills That Affect Inventory Control Specialist Salaries

Inventory Management
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Inventory Control
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National Average
$34,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 277 votes.

Gender

Female
40%
female alumni
 
Male
60%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 18%