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Warehouse Worker Salary (United States)

An average Warehouse Worker in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.73 per hour. Cash earnings for Warehouse Workers — which occasionally include more than $1K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $19K to approximately $38K. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure and location. The vast majority (86 percent) of Warehouse Workers who answered the questionnaire are male. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Warehouse Workers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by approximately one-half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Warehouse Worker Salary (?
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$21,761 - $42,291
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MEDIAN: $29,880
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Warehouse Worker Salary (?
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$8.72 - $16.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$21,761 - $42,291  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,464  
Profit Sharing
$193.36 - $4,102  
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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$18,635 - $38,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 200
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.72 - $16.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.98  
Overtime
$11.76 - $24.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,464  
   
Profit Sharing
$193.36 - $4,102  
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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$18,635 - $38,076  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,662
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Job Description for Warehouse Worker

Warehouse workers facilitate the distribution of goods. They load and unload trucks, place goods in storage and move inventory when needed. Warehouse workers play an important and dangerous role: They spend their time lifting objects most of the day, including heavy ones, so the risk of injury is higher for warehouse workers, particularly if they do not observe safety practices.
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Warehouse Worker 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 Worker

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Warehouse Workers sometimes assume positions such as Operations Managers. That role pays $60K per year on average. The most common next step for a Warehouse Worker is to become a Warehouse Manager or a Warehouse Supervisor. The former position pays an additional $16K per year on average, and the latter position pays $15K more per year.

Warehouse Worker Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Warehouse Worker

Many Warehouse Workers can be found at Target Corporation, Amazon.com Inc, The Home Depot Inc., TARGET Distributing, and Comcast Cable, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. TARGET Distributing offers the largest salaries in town — $40K on average. Also paying near the top of the field are Target Corporation at $34K, Comcast Cable, Inc. at $30K, and Genco, where Warehouse Workers annually earn $30K.
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include The Home Depot Inc. at $23K, and Amazon.com Inc where $26K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Warehouse Workers there earn up to $37K.

Popular Skills for Warehouse Worker

Warehouse Workers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Leadership can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 23 percent above average. Inventory Management and Logistics are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 5 percent and 23 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Packaging and forklift. The majority of those who know Inventory Control also know Order Inventory and PICK Basic.

Pay by Experience Level for Warehouse Worker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Warehouse Workers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $24K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $28K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $30K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $33K.

Pay Difference By Location

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$26,000
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Warehouse Workers working in Indianapolis make slightly more than the national average, but overall, geography does not significantly influence pay in this role. Warehouse Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlotte (+4 percent), Atlanta (+4 percent), Houston (+3 percent), and Memphis (+1 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Oklahoma City and San Diego (5 percent lower).

Warehouse Worker Reviews

What is it like working as a Warehouse Worker?
Warehouse Worker in Los Angeles:
"Amazing Firm."
Pros: The people I work for.
Cons: Wish I was doing more investigative stuff on cases in field.
What is it like working as a Warehouse Worker at Amazon.com Inc?
Warehouse Worker in Middletown:
"Stable Job."
Pros: I appreciate that I am able to utilize paid and unpaid time to take time off from the job. The different benefits that are given to us are amazing and I could have never gotten these with another company at this entry level.
Cons: I honestly hate the long hours pulled each day. Many have agreed that we would have appreciated a five day 8 1/2 work scheduled compared to our 4 day 10 1/2 work schedule. Last it's very repetitive and wish the type of work done each day could change to give the job more variety.

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Experience Affects Warehouse Worker Salaries

National Average
$26,000

Skills That Affect Warehouse Worker Salaries

Leadership
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Machine Operation
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Inventory Control
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Order Inventory
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Forklift Operator
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PICK Basic
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Picking
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Shipping
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National Average
$26,000
Receiving
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forklift
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Packaging
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 397 votes.

Gender

Female
14%
female alumni
 
Male
86%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 34%