Picker PackerJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Picker packers typically work in warehouses filling orders and assisting with the inventory. They work closely with vendors and warehouse staff to pick and process orders as they come in. They must be familiar with the layout of the warehouse and inventory and be able to pick and move items as requested. Picker packers need to document items they move to fill orders, so they must have good attention to detail and be good with numbers. They pack items, scan barcodes, and move packages to the correct location for shipping. 

Picker packers are responsible for inspecting merchandise and products to ensure they have the right items, that they are not damaged, and that nothing is missing per the order. Picker packers must be able to keep accurate inventory records. A picker packer may be required to have specific skills depending on the industry or type of warehouse they work at. Picker packer qualifications in the food industry may vary greatly from those in the medical industry. 

Picker packers should be physically fit as long hours of standing, walking, and lifting may be required. Good organization is a plus, as is the ability to work quickly and safely. 

Sample job description #1

The Picker/Packer will perform all tasks associated with the proper operation of zones designated for picking and packaging product for shipment.

Key responsibilities

  • Receive and make labels and boxes based on zone and priority
  • Determine and build packaging based on product size
  • Use equipment to determine location of box contents
  • Verify product number to the Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) label
  • Use basic mathematics to determine the appropriate number of picks
  • Order additional product from other locations when stock is low
  • Move boxes to additional zones when complete
  • Move and lift up to 50 pounds of product as needed
  • Follow safety regulations

Minimum qualifications

  • Ability to consistently lift, push, and pull up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to consistently move in a full range of motion
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time

Preferred qualifications

  • High school diploma/GED or equivalent
  • Previous distribution or warehouse experience

Sample job description #2

Accurately and efficiently pick product and prepare orders for shipment observing all safety regulations and ensuring all quality standards are met while maintaining the efficient flow of product through the production process.

Works independently and communicates well with other departments (verbally/written/computer) to move work through the system in an organized fashion.

Functions as a team member within the department and organization, as required, and perform any duties assigned to best serve the company.

Position responsibilities

  • Accurately and efficiently pick and pack product according to established standards
  • Run scanning equipment
  • Pack orders to the customer’s requirement and/or from provided specifications
  • Meet established productivity standards and quality standards
  • Self-identifies mistakes, identify problems, and recommend solutions
  • Provide candid and timely feedback to all levels in the organization, involve others in problem-solving when needed, and see all responsibilities through to a successful completion
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Must be able to work the scheduled, assigned times and required overtime for the position
  • Able to stand, walk, reach, and lift repeatedly throughout shift
  • Able to lift, stack, and/or pull products off shelves, as well as replenish product, from various heights weighing between 10-35 pounds and generally up to between approximately 60 and 90 pounds, depending on the location, throughout shift
  • Able to work in multi-temperature environments, i.e. cooler, freezer, and dry
  • Pass pre-employment drug test

Sample job description #3

A Packaging Picker plays a key role in the efficient distribution of our warehouse deliveries and arrivals. Working in conjunction with all warehouse operational staff, a Picker selects, bundles, and organizes products from the warehouse in preparation for loading onto delivery trucks en-route to customers. Pickers prepare multiple orders timely and resourcefully throughout the working day.

  • Handles pick tickets/orders from warehouse management/staff to pull items from warehouse inventory
  • Use RF guns and other electronic equipment as necessary.
  • Physically pulls warehouse items by the stated number, size, color, quantity, quality, etc.
  • Compare and inspect physical items pulled to the requirements of the pick ticket/order
  • Packs/wraps orders as required by item/delivery type, and prepares for shipment
  • Transports orders to shipping locations/bins/docks using the proper material handling equipment
  • Ensures that orders are staged correctly for each delivery
  • Operates any material handling equipment following established safety guidelines
  • Assists in maintaining the security and safety of the warehouse
  • May assist in placing incoming items in inventory
  • Participate in conducting warehouse inventory counts as required.

Additional functions and duties

  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • One or more year(s) experience coordinating shipments in a warehousing or distribution environment
  • Ability to perform tasks under pressure, and within a deadline driven environment
  • Ability to handle detail oriented work to insure proper items and quantities are picked to arrive at customers in good condition
  • General fluency in English required, verbal and written
  • High school diploma or equivalent

Physical requirements

  • Agility to stand and walk for extended periods of time as a primary job responsibility
  • Capacity to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. intermittently during a typical work shift
  • Observance to established safety guidelines in conducting physical work activity duties

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a picker packer is 29,500 in the United States. Position salary will vary based on experience, education, company size, industry, and market.

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$29,350$39,700
Los Angeles, California$33,100$44,800
Denver, Colorado$27,600$37,300
Washington, DC$33,600$45,500
Miami, Florida$27,450$37,150
Orlando, Florida$25,350$34,300
Tampa, Florida$25,600$34,600
Atlanta, Georgia$26,850$36,300
Chicago, Illinois$30,850$41,750
Boston, Massachusetts$33,350$45,100
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota$26,600$35,950
New York City, New York$35,100$47,500
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$28,600$38,700
Dallas, Texas$27,850$37,700
Houston, Texas$27,600$37,300
Seattle, Washington$32,100$43,400
National Average$25,100$33,950

Sample interview questions

  • How often do you notice imperfections in the products you own and use on a regular basis?
  • Are you capable of inventorying and keeping track of large quantities of material without losing focus or becoming sidetracked?
  • Can you name a time when you pinpointed some way in which your own habits were holding you back? What did you do in order to rectify the issue?
  • How would you respond if a supervisor told you that your performance was substandard?
  • Are you well-organized, and do you value tidiness in your personal life? Would you agree with the old adage that says that cleanliness is next to godliness?
  • Can you name three qualities that might elevate an adequate picker packer into an exceptional one?
  • What do you foresee being the greatest obstacle to you, in your role as a picker packer?
  • Do you have the requisite fortitude to spend lengthy periods of time on your feet, often with one or both hands full?

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