Warehouse Associate Salary

An average Warehouse Associate in the United States can expect to take home roughly $12.07 per hour. Total cash compensation to Warehouse Associates bottoms out near $20K and approaches $38K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. While geography and years of experience impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Men make up the vast majority of Warehouse Associates (82 percent) who took the survey. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$19,993 - $43,796
(Median)
$20K
$30K
$44K
MEDIAN: $30,085
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$9.35 - $16.09
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$16
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,993 - $43,796  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,980  
Profit Sharing
$105.45 - $4,500  
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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$19,932 - $38,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.35 - $16.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.80  
Overtime
$13.36 - $23.86  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,980  
   
Profit Sharing
$105.45 - $4,500  
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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$19,932 - $38,099  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,863
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Job Description for Warehouse Associate

A warehouse associate performs a variety of jobs in a company’s warehouse that require manual labor. Some tasks can include handling and boxing products, labeling them correctly, and doing basic packing work. They may also do picking, or finding a good or goods that correspond with a customer’s order and preparing it for shipping.

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Warehouse Associate Tasks

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Warehouse Associate


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Warehouse Associates 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 $42K per year. When Warehouse Associates are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Warehouse Supervisors or Warehouse Leads. Those roles pay an additional $15K and $8K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Warehouse Associate


Amazon.com Inc, The Home Depot Inc., Cardinal Health, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, and HD Supply Inc. are all popular places to work. Warehouse Associates seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Napa Auto Parts Company, where the average salary comes to $34K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Ferguson Enterprises, Inc., The Home Depot Inc., and Cardinal Health, Inc., where Warehouse Associates typically earn around $33K, $30K, or $30K, respectively.

Known for its small paychecks, Sears Holdings Corporation actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $18K — about half the top paying employer's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Harbor Freight Tools at $18K, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc where $23K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Warehouse Associates there earn up to $44K.

Popular Skills for Warehouse Associate


Survey takers working as Warehouse Associates report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Add New: Receiving, Order Inventory, and forklift are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Packing and Forklift Operator. Those proficient in Inventory Control are, more often than not, also skilled in Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Warehouse Associate

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Warehouse Associates — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $25K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $28K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Warehouse Associates, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $29K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $32K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,268

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For Warehouse Associates, Houston provides a pay rate that is 19 percent greater than the national average. Warehouse Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cleveland (+16 percent), Ontario (+13 percent), Baltimore (+6 percent), and Phoenix (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Louisville. Employers in Las Vegas and San Bernardino also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Warehouse Associate Salaries




National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Warehouse Associate Salaries

Inventory Management
up arrow 13%

Add New: Receiving
up arrow 6%

Picking
up arrow 4%

forklift
up arrow 4%

Order Inventory
up arrow 4%

Shipping
up arrow 2%

Inventory Control
up arrow 2%

Machine Operation
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Packaging
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Customer Service
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Receiving
0%

National Average
$26,000

Forklift Operator
up arrow 10%

Packing
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 269 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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