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Shipping Clerk Salary

Median pay for Shipping Clerks in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $12.85 per hour. Total cash earnings of Shipping Clerks range from $21K on the low end to $38K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $2K and $3K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Roughly one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. Most Shipping Clerks are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Male Shipping Clerks who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (64 percent) are men. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,909 - $40,896
(Median)
$21K
$32K
$41K
MEDIAN: $31,541
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$9.75 - $16.65
(Median)
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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$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,909 - $40,896  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,505  
Profit Sharing
$40.55 - $2,959  
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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$20,754 - $38,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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
$9.75 - $16.65  
   
Overtime
$14.40 - $25.06  
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 - $1,505  
   
Profit Sharing
$40.55 - $2,959  
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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$20,754 - $38,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 891

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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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At the upper end, Shipping Clerks who move into a Warehouse Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Warehouse Managers is a much higher $42K per year. It is not unusual for a Shipping Clerk to become a Shipping & Receiving Clerk or a Shipping & Receiving Supervisor.

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Survey results show that Shipping Clerks use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in forklift, Shipping, Data Entry, and Inventory Control are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Packaging. Aptitude in Data Entry tends to also indicate an understanding of Shipping.

Pay by Experience Level for Shipping Clerk

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


For Shipping Clerks, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $27K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $29K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $31K in this role. Shipping Clerks with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects Shipping Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Shipping Clerk Salaries

forklift
up arrow 7%

Shipping
0%

Data Entry
0%

National Average
$28,000

Customer Service
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Inventory Control
up arrow 2%

Packaging
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 24%
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