Shipping Clerk Salary (United States)

Salaries for Shipping Clerks in the United States sit in the ballpark of $12.72 per hour. Compensation starts at $9.68 per hour and can reach $16.58. Total cash income, which bottoms out near $20,748 and peaks near $39,962, incorporates potential for more than $1,543 from bonuses and close to $2,959 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although 26 percent lack health benefits of any kind, most do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Most Shipping Clerks are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Shipping Clerk Salary (?
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$20,748 - $39,962
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MEDIAN: $31,836
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Shipping Clerk Salary (?
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,748 - $39,962  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,543  
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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$20,676 - $37,948  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.68 - $16.58  
   
Overtime
$14.02 - $25.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,543  
   
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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$20,676 - $37,948  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 740
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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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As Shipping Clerks make advancements in their career path, salaries may climb quite a bit. Those in less important roles may make $13,526 less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Warehouse Manager. Becoming a Shipping and Receiving Traffic Clerk or a Shipping & Receiving Supervisor is often the next step for a Shipping Clerk.

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Popular Skills for Shipping Clerk

Survey takers who work as Shipping Clerks typically report just a few professional skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service. Most people familiar with Data Entry also know Inventory Control and 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 salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Salaries start at $27K, which grows to $29K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $30K. After 20 years of work in the field, Shipping Clerks typically earn $33K and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. A majority of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$28,000
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For Shipping Clerks, busy Cleveland offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 10 percent above the national average. Dallas, San Diego, Phoenix, and Houston also offer top salaries for Shipping Clerks. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 6 percent, 5 percent, 5 percent, and 3 percent more, respectively. With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Oklahoma City is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Columbus (-8 percent) and Atlanta (-5 percent).

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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

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Data Entry
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National Average
$28,000
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 181 votes.

Gender

Female
38%
female alumni
 
Male
62%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 26%
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