Shipping & Receiving Clerk

Job Description

Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy working as part of a team? If so, a job as a Shipping & Receiving Clerk may be right for you. 

Shipping & Receiving Clerks are vital members of order fulfillment teams — receiving, processing, and often packing orders for shipment — as well as keeping track of inventories for products and goods. It’s a fast-paced job where filling orders swiftly and accurately is essential and could be a good fit for motivated candidates with focus and the ability to multitask. 

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Accurately process customer orders
  • Review all orders for special requests and shipping information
  • Insert items into containers and packaging
  • Prioritize orders by pick-up and ship time
  • Monitor inventory counts as necessary
  • Maintain data and records related to shipping and receiving activities

Education and Background

This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Employers tend to prefer candidates with experience working in a warehouse or shipping setting.

Skills and Proficiencies

  • Ability to read and understand delivery orders, and work with minimal guidance
  • Ability to operate computers and relevant software to fulfill orders
  • Follow safe work practices and procedures
  • Excellent teamwork skills

Compensation

According to Payscale the median annual salary of a Shipping & Receiving Clerk with

1 Year of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $29,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $29,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $30,000
  • Miami, Florida: $27,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $29,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $30,000
  • Houston, Texas: $28,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $30,000
  • New York City, New York: $29,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $33,000
  • Overall: $29,000

5 Years of Experience:

  • Orlando, Florida: $31,000
  • Tampa, Florida: $33,000
  • Jacksonville, Florida: $34,000
  • Miami, Florida: $29,000
  • Atlanta, Georgia: $31,000
  • Chicago, Illinois: $34,000
  • Houston, Texas: $33,000
  • Los Angeles, California: $32,000
  • New York City, New York: $33,000
  • Seattle, Washington: $40,000
  • Overall: $33,000

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Career Path

Often, Shipping & Receiving Clerks might start in an entry-level position, but with experience, they can grow their skills and abilities and move into leadership roles. 

Position Trends

The increased use of technology means fewer clerks are needed to do the same amount of work. Examples of this new tech include radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and hand-held devices that read barcodes automatically.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for material recording clerks is projected to experience little to no change through 2028. 

Typical Hours

The typical work hours for a Shipping & Receiving Clerk can be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in a warehouse setting. With materials often shipping around the clock, overtime or weekend hours aren’t uncommon, depending upon the employer. 

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