Warehouse Assistant Salary
For Warehouse Assistants, hourly average wages total $13.13 per hour. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Warehouse Assistants are male. Although a fair number have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, just over a fifth claim no health benefits at all. Work is enjoyable for Warehouse Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Warehouse Assistant
Companies that ship and/or receive large amounts of goods typically employ warehouse assistants to facilitate these processes. The warehouse assistant performs a number of duties related to receiving. They review all incoming bills for accuracy (making sure the bill matches the received goods) and sign off on them. The assistant then works to ensure proper storage of these goods according to their organization's systems and rules. The warehouse assistant also handles shipping - what are often called “picks” or “pulls.” In this situation, a customer has placed an order and the warehouse assistant must accurately remove the needed goods and have them prepared for shipment. Because returns based upon inaccuracy or breakage may be expensive, warehouse assistance must be accurate, work quickly, and work in an organized fashion.Read More...
Additionally, warehouse assistants help maintain accurate inventory figures within the warehouse. They work with supervisors to maintain an accurate count on the number and type of goods stored. As with other areas in this position, accuracy is highly valued. The assistant typically works as part of a team under the supervision of a foreman or supervisor, following various inventory control processes as designed by the company. Assistants work in a warehouse environment; due to the shipping needs of some companies, daytime, evening, and/or overnight shift work may be required.
A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required in this position. Long hours may be required, including the ability to stand and walk for long periods of time. The ability to lift up to 50 pounds may be required as well.
Warehouse Assistant Tasks
- Verify inventory computations by comparing them to physical counts of stock, and investigate discrepancies and adjust errors.
- Receive, store, move and pack outgoing materials, equipment, and other items from warehouse.
- Manually or mechanically load and unload materials from pallets, skids, platforms, cars, lifting devices, or other transport vehicles.
- Clean and maintain supplies, tools, equipment, and storage areas in order to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
Common Career Paths for Warehouse Assistant
Warehouse Assistants might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Warehouse Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $43K per year.
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Pay by Experience Level for Warehouse Assistant
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Warehouse Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $27K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $30K. Warehouse Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $31K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.