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Warehouse Worker Salary

Median pay for Warehouse Workers in the United States is around $11.76 per hour. Final cash compensation to Warehouse Workers varies from around $19K to approximately $38K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $1K and $5K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by career duration and geographic location. Some workers in this field — approximately one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately half. The vast majority of Warehouse Workers (86 percent) who took the survey are men. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,071 - $43,243
(Median)
$21K
$30K
$43K
MEDIAN: $29,863
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$8.77 - $16.56
(Median)
$8
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$21,071 - $43,243  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,306  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $4,500  
Commission
$50.00 - $2,200  
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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$18,714 - $38,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 198
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.77 - $16.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.97  
Overtime
$11.72 - $24.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,306  
   
Commission
$50.00 - $2,200  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $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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$18,714 - $38,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,735

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Warehouse Workers move into roles as Operations Managers, where pay is an average $59K per year. Career advancement for the typical Warehouse Worker often leads to becoming a Warehouse Manager or a Warehouse Supervisor; median salaries in these positions are $16K higher and $15K higher, respectively.

Warehouse Worker Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Warehouse Worker


Warehouse Workers fill the offices of leading firms Amazon.com Inc, Target Corporation, TARGET Distributing, Comcast Cable, Inc., and The Home Depot Inc. Employees of TARGET Distributing can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $40K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $20K to $43K. Also paying near the top of the field are Target Corporation at $34K, Advance Auto Parts, Inc. at $31K, and Comcast Cable, Inc., where Warehouse Workers annually earn $30K.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Pepsi Bottling Group, and Amazon.com Inc also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $22K, $26K, and $27K.

Popular Skills for Warehouse Worker


Warehouse Workers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Leadership, Logistics, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 8 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Packaging, Customer Service, and forklift. Those familiar with Inventory Control also tend to 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.


Warehouse Workers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $24K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $28K. On average, Warehouse Workers make $30K following one to two decades on the job. Warehouse Workers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $32K.

Pay Difference by Location


Indianapolis offers some of the highest pay in the country for Warehouse Workers, 9 percent above the national average. Warehouse Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Charlotte (+5 percent), Houston (+5 percent), Atlanta (+4 percent), and Denver (+3 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Workers in Memphis and New York earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 5 percent.

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
up arrow 23%




Picking
up arrow 4%

Forklift Operator
up arrow 4%

Inventory Control
up arrow 3%

Order Inventory
up arrow 2%

PICK Basic
up arrow 2%

Shipping
up arrow 1%

Organizing
0%

National Average
$26,000

Receiving
up arrow 3%


Customer Service
up arrow 8%

Packaging
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 421 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 34%
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