Inventory Control Specialists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.10 per hour. Total incomes of Inventory Control Specialists incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $2K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $24K and $51K. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and experience level are driving factors as well. Most Inventory Control Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Men make up a slight majority of Inventory Control Specialists (58 percent) who responded to the survey. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,612 - $60,270
$32K
$43K
$60K
MEDIAN: $42,752
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$10.93 - $20.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$31,612 - $60,270  
   
Bonus
$487.54 - $5,012  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $2,403  
Commission
$750  
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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$24,026 - $50,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 262
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.93 - $20.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.22  
Overtime
$16.53 - $31.04  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$487.54 - $5,012  
   
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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$24,026 - $50,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 875

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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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For Inventory Control Specialists, progressing to a Materials Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Materials Manager can earn $67K annually. An Inventory Specialist role is the most prevalent career advancement for Inventory Control Specialists. Paychecks for that role are $31K on average. The Inventory Control Manager position is another common transition for Inventory Control Specialists; in this role, salaries are typically at the $45K mark.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Inventory Control Specialist


Employees of Apple Computer, Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $34K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $23K to $45K.

Salaries are easily beat at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, where median pay comes to just $22K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $18K and ending at $30K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Inventory Control Specialist


Inventory Control Specialists seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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, 11 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Cycle Count are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $33K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $37K. Inventory Control Specialists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $39K. Inventory Control Specialists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $43K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,265

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Inventory Control Specialists, New York provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Inventory Control Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+23 percent), Minneapolis (+22 percent), Tulsa (+8 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Dallas. Employers in Columbus and Phoenix also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Inventory Control Specialist

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 166 votes.
046
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%
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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)
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 9%

Shipping
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$35,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

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