Warehouse Worker Salary

Pay for Warehouse Workers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $11.77 per hour. Total cash compensation to Warehouse Workers bottoms out near $19K and approaches $38K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $1K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by years of experience and location. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — more than a third lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and roughly one-half have dental, too. The vast majority of Warehouse Workers (85 percent) survey respondents are men. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,181 - $42,119
(Median)
$21K
$30K
$42K
MEDIAN: $29,796
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$8.80 - $16.53
(Median)
$8
$12
$17
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
$21,181 - $42,119  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,295  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $4,894  
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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$18,781 - $38,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 195
National Hourly Rate 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$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.80 - $16.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.42  
Overtime
$11.80 - $24.28  
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 - $1,295  
   
Commission
$50.00 - $2,200  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $4,894  
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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$18,781 - $38,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,783
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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 some Warehouse Workers move into positions like Operations Manager (where the average salary is $59K), this progression is not the norm. Typical career progression for a Warehouse Worker involves becoming a Warehouse Manager or a Warehouse Supervisor, roles that pay $16K more and $15K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Warehouse Worker


Amazon.com Inc, Target Corporation, TARGET Distributing, Comcast Cable, Inc., and The Home Depot Inc. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Warehouse Workers. 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 $44K. Other big spenders include Target Corporation, Comcast Cable, Inc., and Advance Auto Parts, Inc., top-paying firms where Warehouse Workers see paychecks nearing $35K, $32K, or $30K.

With a median salary of $21K, The Home Depot Inc. provides Warehouse Workers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $30K, limiting employee salary growth. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Pepsi Bottling Group and Amazon.com Inc are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $22K, $26K, and $27K.

Popular Skills for Warehouse Worker


Survey takers working as Warehouse Workers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Leadership, Logistics, and Machine Operation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 8 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Packaging, forklift, and Customer Service. It is often found that people who know Inventory Control are also skilled in 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.


For Warehouse Workers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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. Warehouse Workers bring in $30K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $32K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Warehouse Workers, busy Indianapolis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 9 percent above the national average. Warehouse Workers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+7 percent), Houston (+6 percent), Charlotte (+5 percent), and Atlanta (+2 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Memphis and Oklahoma City (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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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Inventory Control
up arrow 3%

PICK Basic
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Picking
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Order Inventory
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Forklift Operator
up arrow 2%

Shipping
up arrow 1%

National Average
$26,000

Data Entry
up arrow 3%

Receiving
up arrow 5%


Customer Service
up arrow 8%

Packaging
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 416 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 35%
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