Average Warehouse Workers in the United States make around $12.26 per hour. Overall incomes of Warehouse Workers generally bottom out at around $20K and peak near $40K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $4K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by years of experience and geography. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. The vast majority of Warehouse Workers (86 percent) survey respondents are men. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by one-half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,511 - $49,507
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$21K
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MEDIAN: $30,237
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$9.36 - $17.28
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,511 - $49,507  
   
Bonus
$100.50 - $3,569  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $3,719  
Commission
$3,537  
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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$19,985 - $39,894  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 174
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.36 - $17.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.00  
Overtime
$13.55 - $25.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$100.50 - $3,569  
   
Commission
$3,537  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $3,719  
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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$19,985 - $39,894  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,866
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Job Description for Warehouse Worker

Warehouse workers facilitate the distribution of goods into, within and out of their warehouse. They load and unload trucks, place goods in storage and move inventory as needed. These workers may use equipment such as hand trucks, ladders and forklifts to complete their work, and they may wear protective equipment such as a back brace or gloves. Generally, these employees work with a team of warehouse workers and truck drivers and report to a warehouse supervisor or a manager of shipping and handling.

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Operations Manager. The average Operations Manager brings home $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 $14K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Warehouse Worker


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Warehouse Workers include Amazon.com Inc, TARGET Distributing, Target Corporation, Genco, and The Home Depot Inc. Although Target Corporation leads the field in pay with a median salary of $40K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $21K on the low end all the way up to $49K at the top. Other employers shelling out big bucks include TARGET Distributing, Comcast Cable, Inc., and Dollar General Corporation, where Warehouse Workers typically earn around $40K, $37K, or $37K, respectively.

With a reported median salary of only $22K, The Home Depot Inc. easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are about half the top paying employer's rate. Workers at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, Pepsi Bottling Group, and PepsiCo Inc also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $22K, $26K, and $27K respectively.

Popular Skills for Warehouse Worker


Warehouse Workers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Receiving, Leadership, Forklift Operator, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 20 percent. 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $25K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $29K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $31K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $34K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,920

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For Warehouse Workers, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Warehouse Workers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Indianapolis (+10 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). Las Vegas ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Denver (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Warehouse Worker Reviews

What is it like working as a Warehouse Worker at Genco?

Warehouse Worker in York:
"New Facility, and an exercise in Multi-tasking."
Pros: - Huge source of experience due to high amount of cross-training. - Never a lack of working hours. Up to 60 hours a week. - New facility so a lot of new concepts are being tried and tested.
Cons: - Poor Safety record, they don't foresee and prevent accidents until one has already occurred, THEN they put in safety precautions for what should have been an obvious safety concern. Fire extinguishers missing. - Poor Management, bad communication, management doesn't listen to employees. Radio calls very rarely answered. Management "hears" what you are saying, and your concerns. But they don't "listen" to the words that you are saying, often telling you to do the exact same thing that you just proved didn't work. Or they contradict themselves. Or they expect workers to be in 2 places at once. - Some employees have not been paid in over a month. - Insults to workers, and racism on management's part. - Parking lot is too small.

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.

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Experience Affects Warehouse Worker Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Warehouse Worker Salaries

Receiving
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Leadership
up arrow 18%

Forklift Operator
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Picking
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Inventory Control
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Inventory Management
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Shipping
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Order Inventory
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Packaging
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National Average
$27,000

forklift
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Satisfied
Rated 3 out of 5
based on 367 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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