Shipping Clerk Salary

Earnings for Shipping Clerks in the United States come in at around $12.89 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Shipping Clerks bottoms out near $21K and approaches $38K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $3K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The majority of Shipping Clerks (63 percent) survey respondents are male. Approximately one-fourth 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 information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,795 - $40,554
(Median)
$21K
$31K
$41K
MEDIAN: $31,329
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$9.77 - $16.68
(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$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,795 - $40,554  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,559  
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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$20,765 - $38,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.77 - $16.68  
   
Overtime
$14.39 - $24.93  
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 - $1,559  
   
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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$20,765 - $38,332  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 924
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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 transition into upper-level roles such as Warehouse Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Warehouse Managers earn $42K on average per year. Given that the median pay is $28K, it may be surprising to find that a Shipping & Receiving Clerk is the most common role for Shipping Clerks to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Shipping & Receiving Supervisor role — which pays $37K — is also typical for Shipping Clerks, though less common by comparison.

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Survey results suggest that Shipping Clerks use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Inventory Control, forklift, Shipping, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Packaging. Competency in Data Entry frequently indicates knowledge 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $27K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $29K. Shipping Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $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.

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Experience Affects Shipping Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Shipping Clerk Salaries

Inventory Control
up arrow 9%

forklift
up arrow 7%

Shipping
0%

Data Entry
0%

National Average
$29,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Packaging
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 24%
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