Average Inventory Control Specialists in the United States make around $15.01 per hour. Cash earnings for Inventory Control Specialists — including $5K in bonuses and $2K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $24K to $51K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Inventory Control Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,892 - $59,593
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$32K
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MEDIAN: $42,735
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,892 - $59,593  
   
Bonus
$490.28 - $5,060  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $2,403  
Commission
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$23,505 - $50,707  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 253
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.75 - $20.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.22  
Overtime
$16.36 - $30.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$490.28 - $5,060  
   
Commission
$750  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $2,403  
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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$23,505 - $50,707  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 848

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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

  • Assess and monitor warehouse transactions.
  • Track inventory maintenance and control equipment flow.
  • Submit annual budget reports, ensure financial standards, and resolve issues.
  • Act as liaison between the warehouse and customer service.

Common Career Paths for Inventory Control Specialist


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Inventory Control Specialists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Materials Manager. The average Materials Manager brings home $67K per year. The most common career progression for Inventory Control Specialists leads to becoming an Inventory Specialist, where pay is typically $32K. However, many Inventory Control Specialists also opt to become Inventory Control Managers, a position that pays $45K on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Inventory Control Specialist


Apple Computer, Inc pays the most with a median salary of $34K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $23K to a high of $45K.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $21K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $17K to $29K.

Popular Skills for Inventory Control Specialist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Materials Requirement Planning, Purchasing, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 39 percent, 10 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Most people 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $39K in this role. As Inventory Control Specialists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $42K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,193

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Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Inventory Control Specialists, 26 percent higher than the national average. Inventory Control Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+23 percent), Louisville (+12 percent), San Diego (+10 percent), and Tulsa (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 18 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Columbus (13 percent less) and Phoenix (2 percent less).

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Experience Affects Inventory Control Specialist Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Inventory Control Specialist Salaries

Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
up arrow 39%


Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 9%

Inventory Management
up arrow 4%

Order Inventory
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Cycle Count
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
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Data Entry
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National Average
$35,000

Inventory Control
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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