Warehouse Worker Salary

Warehouse Workers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.77 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Warehouse Workers stretch from $19K on the lower end to $38K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $1K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by career duration and geographic location. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by roughly one-half. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 85 percent of Warehouse Workers are male. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$21,227 - $42,383

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$8.80 - $16.55

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National Salary 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$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$21,227 - $42,383  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,245  
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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$18,796 - $38,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 198
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.80 - $16.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.98  
Overtime
$11.74 - $24.26  
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$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,245  
   
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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$18,796 - $38,316  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,807
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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 do not often transition into Operations Manager roles. The role averages $59K per year. It is quite typical for Warehouse Workers to transition into roles as Warehouse Managers or Warehouse Supervisors, where reported median earnings are $16K and $15K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Warehouse Worker


Dominating the field, Amazon.com Inc, Target Corporation, TARGET Distributing, Comcast Cable, Inc., and The Home Depot Inc. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great 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 $45K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Target Corporation at $35K, Advance Auto Parts, Inc. at $30K, and Comcast Cable, Inc., where Warehouse Workers annually earn $30K.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at The Home Depot Inc. — the median salary comes to just $21K, about half the top paying employer's rate. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Wal-Mart Stores, Inc ($22K), Pepsi Bottling Group ($26K), and Amazon.com Inc ($27K).

Popular Skills for Warehouse Worker


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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, Customer Service, and forklift. For most people, competency in Inventory Control indicates knowledge of 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $24K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $28K. On average, Warehouse Workers make $30K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $32K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Warehouse Workers, Indianapolis offers exceptional salaries, 7 percent above the national average. Warehouse Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+7 percent), Houston (+6 percent), Charlotte (+5 percent), and Atlanta (+4 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Memphis and 6 percent less in Oklahoma City, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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%



Inventory Management
up arrow 4%

Forklift Operator
up arrow 4%

Inventory Control
up arrow 3%

Picking
up arrow 3%

PICK Basic
up arrow 3%

Order Inventory
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 413 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: 62% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 35%
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