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Shipping Clerk Salary (United States)

Shipping Clerks in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.72 per hour. Total incomes of Shipping Clerks incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $2K from bonuses and close to $3K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $21K and $38K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Some workers in this field — close to one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by most and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Men account for the majority of Shipping Clerks — 62 percent to be exact. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Shipping Clerks — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Shipping Clerk Salary (?
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$20,748 - $39,962
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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  
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  
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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  
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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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. Becoming a Shipping & Receiving 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 report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Shipping, Data Entry, Inventory Control, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service. Those proficient in Data Entry are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 incomes from more experience in the field. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $27K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $29K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $30K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Shipping Clerk with more than 20 years of experience can earn $32K on average. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to a fifth 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 fewer than one in ten.

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. Shipping Clerks can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+6 percent), San Diego (+5 percent), Phoenix (+5 percent), and Houston (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Oklahoma City is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Columbus (8 percent lower) and Atlanta (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Shipping Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$28,000
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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%