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 approaches anywhere from $20K on the lower end to $38K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $2K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and tenure are influential factors as well. The vast majority of Warehouse Associates (82 percent) survey respondents are men. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. While slightly less than a third report receiving no health benefits, the larger part do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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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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Many Warehouse Associates move into a Warehouse Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $42K per year. Warehouse Associates typically move into roles as Warehouse Supervisors or Warehouse Leads, and those positions pay $15K more and $8K more, 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 top-notch employers for Warehouse Associates in this area. Napa Auto Parts Company offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $34K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. at $33K, The Home Depot Inc. at $30K, and Cardinal Health, Inc., where Warehouse Associates annually earn $30K.

The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Sears Holdings Corporation, where the median salary is just $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 results imply that Warehouse Associates deploy a deep pool 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 4 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Packing and Forklift Operator. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $25K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $28K. On average, Warehouse Associates make $29K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $32K.

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). Louisville is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Las Vegas and San Bernardino (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
up arrow 2%

Packaging
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

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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