Shippers and Receivers in the United States take home approximately $12.81 per hour on average. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but experience level and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Shippers and Receivers who answered the questionnnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although roughly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Job Description for Shipper/Receiver
Shipper/receivers plan and perform many different receiving duties. These duties include checking, inspecting, helping to unload, verifying, and transporting all incoming materials. It is the job of the shipper/receiver to check all materials to ensure they meet company quality, accuracy, productivity, and customer service objectives. They must receive, check, and sort all materials, placing them in the specified locations. They must verify that the right amounts of the merchandise were received and, if not, that a form was filled out to show the discrepancies.Read More...
Shipper/receivers are required to check any merchandise returned by customers to ensure all pieces are included and that it is the right product. Shipper/receivers may also be required to unload shipments, making sure that the packing slips match the product and then "scanning them in" to certain locations. They are also responsible for any damaged merchandise and filling out any relevant paperwork.
Shipper/receivers have large amounts of paperwork that they must separate and file on a daily basis. They must also be familiar with operations management. They may be required to use fork lifts, hand jacks, cranes, knives, and twine to unload, secure, or open merchandise. Shipper/receivers must work cleanly and safely, since they deal with large amounts of merchandise at one time. Shipper/receivers may be required to work days, nights, weekends, and/or holidays. Most jobs are full-time and hourly; however, some may be part-time.
Many companies require a high school diploma and a driver’s license for shipper/receivers. However, some companies prefer a college degree or operations experience.
- Receive, inspect, inventory, document and store shipments.
- Oversee data system for storage and tracking of goods and shipments.
- Communicate with suppliers, receivers, drivers and staff for smooth shipment.
- Stage loading and unloading areas with appropriate equipment, materials and space.
- Prepare, package, document and deliver outgoing materials.
Common Career Paths for Shipper/Receiver
Shippers and Receivers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Warehouse Manager. The latter position pays an average of $43K annually. More often than not, a Shipping & Receiving Lead role is the next step for Shippers and Receivers moving up in the field. Shipping & Receiving Leads usually make $31K per year. Many other Shippers and Receivers choose to take on a Shipper, Receiver, or Packer role, where salaries are typically $26K.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Shipper/Receiver
Lowe's Home Improvement Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Tractor Supply Company, Lowe's Companies, Inc, and Whole Foods Market, Inc. are among the top companies that take on many Shippers and Receivers. Those at Whole Foods Market, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $25K. Also paying near the top of the field are Lowe's Home Improvement Inc. at $25K, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $25K, and Lowe's Companies, Inc, where Shippers and Receivers annually earn $25K.
Employees at Tractor Supply Company, Target Corporation, and Lowe's Companies, Inc can also expect below-average earnings of $24K, $24K, and $25K.
Popular Skills for Shipper/Receiver
Survey results show that Shippers and Receivers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Packaging, Inventory Management, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 19 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include forklift and Forklift Operator. Those proficient in Inventory Control are, more often than not, also skilled in Receiving.
Pay by Experience Level for Shipper/Receiver
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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $25K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $29K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $31K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $32K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.