Warehouse Associate Salary (United States)

The average Warehouse Associate in the United States earns approximately $11.85 per hour. Compensation ranges from $9.15 per hour on the low end to $15.48 on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career length and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—27 percent lack coverage. On the flip side, most have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Male Warehouse Associates far outnumber their female counterparys in the field. Though the majority of Warehouse Associates do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Warehouse Associate Salary (?
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$19,089 - $44,182
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Warehouse Associate Salary (?
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$9.15 - $15.48
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,089 - $44,182  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $8,726  
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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$19,352 - $36,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.15 - $15.48  
   
Overtime
$12.86 - $22.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,043  
   
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $8,726  
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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$19,352 - $36,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 981
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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 often receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level Warehouse Manager position frequently earn an additional $16,134 per year. When Warehouse Associates are ready for the next step in their career, they often become Warehouse Supervisors or Forklift Operators, where they can expect an additional $14,624 or $2,489 per year.

Warehouse Associate Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Warehouse Associate

Many Warehouse Associates can be found at Amazon.com Inc, Cardinal Health, Inc., The Home Depot Inc., HD Supply Inc., and AmerisourceBergen Corp., firms that are at the top of the field. For Warehouse Associates, comfortable salaries can be found at Cardinal Health, Inc.; in fact, typical earnings are around $29,085, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($22K versus $42K) is great.
Pay for Warehouse Associates is the lowest at The Home Depot Inc., which has a median salary of $25,953. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $33K. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Amazon.com Inc.

Popular Skills for Warehouse Associate

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Add New: Receiving, Order Inventory, and forklift are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 12 percent, 8 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Packaging, Forklift Operator, and Receiving. The majority of those who know Inventory Control also know Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Warehouse Associate

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Warehouse Associates with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $25K—can reach $27K. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $28K. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Warehouse Associates and pay is expected at $33K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five 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 7 percent. About two-thirds of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$26,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Warehouse Associates, Cleveland offers exceptional salaries, 26 percent above the national average. Warehouse Associates will also find cushy salaries in Atlanta (+9 percent), Baltimore (+8 percent), Phoenix (+6 percent), and Charlotte (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Workers in Birmingham and Columbia earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-11 percent and -11 percent).

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Experience Affects Warehouse Associate Salaries

National Average
$26,000

Skills That Affect Warehouse Associate Salaries

Inventory Management
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Add New: Receiving
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forklift
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Order Inventory
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Shipping
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Inventory Control
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Customer Service
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Machine Operation
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National Average
$26,000
Receiving
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Forklift Operator
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Packaging
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
20%
female alumni
 
Male
80%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 27%