Warehouse Associate Salary (United States)

Warehouse Associates in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.85 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.15 per hour on the low end to $15.48 on the higher side. With some bonuses approaching $2,043 and certain profit sharing proceeds close to $8,726, overall incomes in the Warehouse Associates from $19,089 to $44,182 depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and the specific company. 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. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Warehouse Associate Salary (?
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$19,089 - $44,182
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Warehouse Associate Salary (?
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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Additional career progression often leads to a hefty increase in pay for Warehouse Associates. At the upper end, those who move into a Warehouse Manager role can bring in an extra $16,134 per year. Warehouse Associates can earn $14,624 or $2,489 more per year when they move into roles as Warehouse Supervisors or Forklift Operators, a common transition for those in the field.

Warehouse Associate Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Warehouse Associate

Leading companies who hire large numbers of Warehouse Associates include Amazon.com Inc, Cardinal Health, Inc., The Home Depot Inc., HD Supply Inc., and AmerisourceBergen Corp. Warehouse Associates flock to Cardinal Health, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $29,085 lead the pack in compensation; however, Cardinal Health, Inc. also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $22K at one end to $42K at the other end.
Salaries are easily beat at The Home Depot Inc., where median pay comes to just $25,953, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $18,151 and ending at $33K, range in salary is rather small. Amazon.com Inc also scrapes the bottom of the pay scale.

Popular Skills for Warehouse Associate

Warehouse Associates seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 pay less than market rate include Packaging, Forklift Operator, and Receiving. Those educated in Inventory Control tend to be well-versed in 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 is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Standard salaries begin at $25K and can reach $27K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $28K. Though minimal, Warehouse Associates continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $33K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 7 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

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$26,000
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Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, Warehouse Associates in Cleveland receive some of the highest pay in the country. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Atlanta, Baltimore, Phoenix, and Charlotte, where Warehouse Associates typically earn around 9 percent, 8 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent more than usual. Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Birmingham and Columbia (-11 percent and -11 percent, respectively).

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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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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%
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