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Shipping Clerk Salary

Average Shipping Clerks in the United States make around $12.82 per hour. Cash earnings for Shipping Clerks — which occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $3K from profit sharing — stretch from around $21K to approximately $38K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Shipping Clerks who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — around one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,714 - $40,725
(Median)
$21K
$32K
$41K
MEDIAN: $31,642
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$9.76 - $16.64
(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
$20,714 - $40,725  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,501  
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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$20,809 - $38,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 102
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
$9.76 - $16.64  
   
Overtime
$14.38 - $25.02  
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 - $1,501  
   
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).
)
$20,809 - $38,330  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 880

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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 who go on to become Warehouse Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Warehouse Managers is $42K annually. A Shipping Clerk may also move into a role as a Shipping & Receiving Clerk or a Shipping & Receiving Supervisor.

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Popular Skills for Shipping Clerk


Survey results imply that Shipping Clerks put a diverse skill set to use. 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 and Customer Service. Most people familiar with Data Entry also know Customer Service.

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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $27K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $29K. On average, Shipping Clerks make $30K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $31K.

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Experience Affects Shipping Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Shipping Clerk Salaries

forklift
up arrow 8%

Shipping
0%

Data Entry
0%

National Average
$28,000

Inventory Control
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Packaging
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 206 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: 72% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 24%