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Shipping / Receiving / Traffic Clerk Salary

Shipping & Receiving Clerks in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.83 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $9.46 per hour, and the top verges on $17.09. Most Shipping & Receiving Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. Approximately one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Shipping & Receiving Clerks (63 percent) survey respondents are male. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,036 - $45,503
(Median)
$24K
$33K
$46K
MEDIAN: $32,558
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$9.46 - $17.09
(Median)
$9
$13
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$24,036 - $45,503  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,932  
Profit Sharing
$124.16 - $2,568  
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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$20,562 - $40,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.46 - $17.09  
   
Overtime
$13.35 - $25.31  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,932  
   
Profit Sharing
$124.16 - $2,568  
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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$20,562 - $40,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 602
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Job Description for Shipping / Receiving / Traffic Clerk

Shipping/receiving/traffic clerks are responsible for the shipping and receiving of goods and supplies, as well as keeping accurate records of shipments and inventory. These clerks are employed in organizations that have regular shipments of high volumes of goods; some examples of industries that employ shipping/receiving/traffic clerks are delivery services businesses, retail institutions, hospitals, grocery stores, and warehouses.

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Shipping / Receiving / Traffic Clerk Tasks

  • Receive, unpack, verify and record incoming merchandise or material.
  • Assemble, address, stamp, and ship merchandise or material.
  • Verify and keep records on incoming and outgoing shipments.
  • Arrange for the transportation of products.

Common Career Paths for Shipping / Receiving / Traffic Clerk


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Shipping & Receiving Clerks may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Warehouse Manager. The latter position pays an average of $42K annually. It is quite typical for Shipping & Receiving Clerks to transition into roles as Shipping & Receiving Supervisors or Shipping & Receiving Leads, where reported median earnings are $8K and $2K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Shipping / Receiving / Traffic Clerk


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Inventory Control, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Those educated in Data Entry tend to be well versed in Shipping and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Shipping / Receiving / Traffic Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Shipping & Receiving Clerks, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $27K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $30K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Shipping & Receiving Clerks with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $31K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $32K.

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Experience Affects Shipping / Receiving / Traffic Clerk Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Shipping / Receiving / Traffic Clerk Salaries



Inventory Control
up arrow 4%

Shipping
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Customer Service
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Data Entry
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National Average
$29,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 25%
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