Warehouse Associate Salary
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.Read More...
Warehouse associate must have good manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination, as well as be detail-oriented. A key component of this job is what is called “working clean,” or creating and maintaining a clean working environment. Warehouse work of this nature frequently involves assembly-line duties that require maximum efficiency; clutter detracts from this.
Working in a warehouse mainly requires manual labor. Warehouse associates frequently work on their feet and may do a substantial amount of lifting over a long shift. Being in sound physical shape is usually desired. Warehouses may be open around the clock, with associates working over three or four different shift times.
There is no minimum education to be a warehouse associate, although some employers require a high school diploma or equivalent.
Warehouse Associate 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 Associate
Though it's uncommon, some Warehouse Associates move into roles as Operations Supervisors, where pay is an average $49K per year. Typical career progression for a Warehouse Associate involves becoming a Warehouse Manager or a Warehouse Supervisor, roles that pay $15K more and $14K more on average.
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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 Harbor Freight Tools are all popular places to work. Those at Uline, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $45K. Cardinal Health, Inc., The Home Depot Inc., and AmerisourceBergen Corp. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Warehouse Associates earning around $34K, $32K, or $29K at each firm, respectively.
Harbor Freight Tools, Sears Holdings Corporation, and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $19K, $21K, and $23K.
Popular Skills for Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Associates report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Team Leadership, forklift, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Packing. 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $26K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $29K. Warehouse Associates bring in $31K after working for 10 to 20 years. Warehouse Associates with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.
Pay Difference by Location
Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Warehouse Associates, 35 percent above the national average. Warehouse Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+12 percent), Ontario (+9 percent), Minneapolis (+6 percent), and Fort Worth (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is Richmond, which sits 10 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (10 percent lower) and San Bernardino (9 percent lower).
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