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Shipping Clerk Salary (United States)

Average Shipping Clerks in the United States make around $12.71 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Shipping Clerks stretch from $21K on the lower end to $38K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $2K from bonuses and $3K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Shipping Clerks are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Shipping Clerks who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 63 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Shipping Clerk Salary (?
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$20,676 - $39,608
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MEDIAN: $31,513
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Shipping Clerk Salary (?
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$9.68 - $16.58
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,676 - $39,608  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,551  
Profit Sharing
$40.85 - $2,936  
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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$20,636 - $37,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.68 - $16.58  
   
Overtime
$14.13 - $25.02  
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,551  
   
Profit Sharing
$40.85 - $2,936  
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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$20,636 - $37,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 824
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Job Description for Shipping Clerk

A shipping clerk is part of a company's distribution team and is the individual who first interacts with merchandise that reaches a store. The shipping clerk helps direct truck drivers to the shipping bays of a store. After the truck is parked, an invoice must usually be signed by the shipping clerk to verify receipt of the shipment; the invoice must also be consulted to determine if the entirety of the truck's contents should be unloaded or only a portion. If only a portion of the contents are to be unloaded, the shipping clerk must pass this information along to team members to ensure that only the right merchandise is removed. The shipping clerk then works with team members to unpack the truck and move the new inventory into an initial storage space.
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Shipping Clerk Tasks
  • Prepare invoices and required documentation for shipments.
  • Package, label, post weights, and shipping charges and determine methods of shipment.
  • Verify incoming shipments by comparing identifying information against bills of lading, invoices, orders, or other records.
  • Receive goods and ensure they reach the appropriate location and are tracked in inventory.

Common Career Paths for Shipping Clerk

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Shipping Clerks may experience if they take an upper-level role like Warehouse Manager. The position pays an average $42K annually. Becoming a Shipping & Receiving Clerk or a Shipping & Receiving Supervisor is a common transition from a Shipping Clerk role.

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Popular Skills for Shipping Clerk

Survey results suggest that Shipping Clerks put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in forklift, Shipping, Data Entry, and Inventory Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service. Those educated in Data Entry tend to be well versed in Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Shipping Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Shipping Clerks do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $26K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $29K. Shipping Clerks bring in $30K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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.

Pay Difference By Location

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Ontario
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$28,000
Milwaukee
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Oklahoma City
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Surpassing the national average by 14 percent, Shipping Clerks in Austin receive some of the highest pay in the country. Shipping Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cleveland (+11 percent), Phoenix (+6 percent), Dallas (+5 percent), and San Diego (+5 percent). In Memphis, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Atlanta and Oklahoma City are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Shipping Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$28,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Shipping Clerk Salaries

forklift
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Shipping
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Data Entry
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National Average
$28,000
Inventory Control
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Packaging
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 193 votes.

Gender

Female
37%
female alumni
 
Male
63%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 25%