Shipping Clerk Salary

Earnings for Shipping Clerks in the United States come in at around $12.91 per hour on average. In the world of Shipping Clerks, total cash compensation can vary between $21K and $38K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $2K and $3K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Shipping Clerks (63 percent) who took the survey are men. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$20,838 - $41,150

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$9.78 - $16.66

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,838 - $41,150  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
Profit Sharing
$40.27 - $2,980  
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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$20,806 - $38,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.78 - $16.66  
   
Overtime
$14.42 - $24.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,521  
   
Profit Sharing
$40.27 - $2,980  
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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$20,806 - $38,207  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 922
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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. A Shipping & Receiving Clerk role is the most common promotion for Shipping Clerks moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $27K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Shipping Clerks is a Shipping & Receiving Supervisor position, where earnings are usually $37K.

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Shipping Clerks report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Inventory Control, forklift, Shipping, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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.


Shipping Clerks with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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 $29K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Shipping Clerks bring in $31K after working for 10 to 20 years. Shipping Clerks who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $32K on average.

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Experience Affects Shipping Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%


Mid-Career
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National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Shipping Clerk Salaries

Inventory Control
up arrow 9%

forklift
up arrow 3%

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 209 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: 45% employee benefits None: 24%
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