Shipping Clerk Salary (United States)

Shipping Clerks in the United States can typically expect wages of $12.72 per hour. Pay starts at $9.68 per hour and can approach $16.58 on the higher side. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although most have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, about a quarter claim no health benefits at all. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. 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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$9.68 - $16.58
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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  
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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

Shipping Clerks only report a few specific skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.
For Shipping Clerks, level of experience is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $27K; however, pay rises to approximately $29K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $30K. As Shipping Clerks approach two decades on the job, pay accelerates at a slower pace, and typical earnings come to $33K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$28,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Shipping Clerks, Cleveland offers exceptional salaries, 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. Oklahoma City ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. Workers in Columbus and Atlanta earn less than others in this profession; their -8 percent and -5 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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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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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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