Shipping Clerk Salary

Shipping Clerks in the United States can expect wages of $12.86 per hour on average. 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 $39K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Around one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. Most Shipping Clerks like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Shipping Clerks who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (63 percent) are men. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$20,916 - $44,751
(Median)
$21K
$32K
$45K
MEDIAN: $32,048
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$9.84 - $16.72
(Median)
$9
$13
$17
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$20,916 - $44,751  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,563  
Profit Sharing
$40.55 - $3,030  
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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$20,882 - $38,517  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.84 - $16.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25  
Overtime
$14.58 - $24.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,563  
   
Profit Sharing
$40.55 - $3,030  
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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$20,882 - $38,517  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,107
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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 $28K 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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Popular Skills for Shipping Clerk


Shipping Clerks seem to require a number of specific 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 and Receiving. For most people, competency in Data Entry indicates knowledge of 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. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $31K. Shipping Clerks with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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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
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forklift
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Shipping
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National Average
$29,000

Data Entry
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Customer Service
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Receiving
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Packaging
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 235 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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