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Warehouse Associate Salary (United States)

The average Warehouse Associate in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $11.87 per hour. In the world of Warehouse Associates, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $19K and $37K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is location, though career length and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Warehouse Associates — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Men make up the vast majority of Warehouse Associates (80 percent) who took the survey. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Warehouse Associate Salary (?
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$18,365 - $44,050
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MEDIAN: $30,516
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Warehouse Associate Salary (?
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$9.20 - $15.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$18,365 - $44,050  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,032  
Profit Sharing
$99.10 - $7,213  
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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$19,463 - $36,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 72
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.20 - $15.50  
   
Overtime
$12.76 - $22.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,032  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.10 - $7,213  
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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$19,463 - $36,741  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,134
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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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Compensation usually increases greatly for Warehouse Associates who advance to upper-end positions like Warehouse Manager. Warehouse Managers make $42K per year on average. Typical career progression for a Warehouse Associate involves becoming a Warehouse Supervisor or a Forklift Operator, roles that pay $15K more and $3K 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 HD Supply Inc. are all popular places to work. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Napa Auto Parts Company offers the most; Warehouse Associates earn $34K on average there. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Cardinal Health, Inc., and AmerisourceBergen Corp. also offer top salaries for Warehouse Associates. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $31K, $28K, and $28K, respectively.
Warehouse Associates will find the worst pay at The Home Depot Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $26K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $32K, leaving little room for growth. Amazon.com Inc, HD Supply Inc., and Ups Supply Chain Solutions are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($27K, $27K, and $28K respectively).

Popular Skills for Warehouse Associate

Warehouse Associates report using a large range of skills 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 between 7 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Packaging, Forklift Operator, and Receiving. Most people familiar with 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.
For Warehouse Associates, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $25K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $27K on average. Warehouse Associates with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $28K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $33K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$26,000
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Cleveland offers some of the highest pay in the country for Warehouse Associates, 24 percent above the national average. Warehouse Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+6 percent), Baltimore (+5 percent), Phoenix (+4 percent), and Ontario (+2 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Birmingham. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Columbia and 7 percent less in Columbus, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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Order Inventory
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forklift
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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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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 213 votes.

Gender

Female
20%
female alumni
 
Male
80%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 27%