Warehouse Worker Salary

Warehouse Workers in the United States take home an average $11.78 per hour. Total cash compensation for Warehouse Workers runs from $19K to $38K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $1K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though career duration and geographic location have a (lesser) impact as well. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Although the greater part have medical coverage and half have dental coverage, more than a third claim no health benefits at all. Men make up the vast majority of Warehouse Workers (85 percent) who took the survey. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,087 - $42,717
(Median)
$21K
$30K
$43K
MEDIAN: $29,840
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$8.80 - $16.57
(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
$21,087 - $42,717  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,278  
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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$18,769 - $38,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 199
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 - $16.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.40  
Overtime
$11.72 - $24.30  
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 - $1,278  
   
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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$18,769 - $38,421  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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There are some Warehouse Workers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Operations Managers, where earnings are an average $59K annually. 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.

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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 among the top companies that take on many Warehouse Workers. For Warehouse Workers, comfortable salaries can be found at TARGET Distributing; in fact, average earnings are around $40K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($20K versus $44K) is great. 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 $31K.

With a median employee salary of $21K, The Home Depot Inc. pays significantly less than its competitors (just about half of the top paying company's median). Also approaching the lower end are Wal-Mart Stores, Inc at $22K, Pepsi Bottling Group at $26K, and Amazon.com Inc at $27K.

Popular Skills for Warehouse Worker


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. 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 6 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Packaging, Customer Service, and forklift. Those educated in Inventory Control tend to be well versed 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $24K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $28K. Warehouse Workers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $30K. Warehouse Workers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $32K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Indianapolis is home to an above-average pay rate for Warehouse Workers, 9 percent higher than the national average. Warehouse Workers will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+7 percent), Houston (+5 percent), Charlotte (+5 percent), and Atlanta (+2 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Memphis and 5 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%




Picking
up arrow 4%

Inventory Control
up arrow 3%

PICK Basic
up arrow 3%

Order Inventory
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Forklift Operator
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Shipping
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National Average
$26,000

Organizing
up arrow 1%

Receiving
up arrow 5%


Customer Service
up arrow 8%

Packaging
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 414 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: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 35%
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