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Warehouse Associate Salary (United States)

Warehouse Associates in the United States typically take home $11.85 per hour. Total cash compensation for Warehouse Associates runs from $19K to $37K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $9K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Although a fair portion have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, around one in four claim no health benefits at all. Warehouse Associates are largely men, dominating the profession at 80 percent. Though the majority of Warehouse Associates do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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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For Warehouse Associates who go on to become Warehouse Managers, career advancement usually has a positive, and rather large, impact on pay. A Warehouse Manager earns $42K annually on average. Warehouse Associates moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Warehouse Supervisors or Forklift Operators. The median paychecks in those roles are $15K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Warehouse Associate

Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Warehouse Associates include Amazon.com Inc, Cardinal Health, Inc., The Home Depot Inc., HD Supply Inc., and AmerisourceBergen Corp. Warehouse Associates seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Cardinal Health, Inc., where typical salaries come to $29K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($22K) and those starting out ($42K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.
Employees at The Home Depot Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $26K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $18K and quickly nearing the top at only $32K. Amazon.com Inc and HD Supply Inc. are other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $27K and $28K.

Popular Skills for Warehouse Associate

Survey results imply that Warehouse Associates deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Packaging, Forklift Operator, and Receiving. Most people experienced in 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average inexperienced worker earns $25K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $27K. For Warehouse Associates, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $28K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $33K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

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). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 11 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Birmingham and Columbia.

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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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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%