If you have an eye for detail and managing logistics, and the skill and ability to lead a team, a position as a Warehouse Manager might be an excellent fit for you.
Warehouse Managers oversee shipping and logistics for facilities. They manage and coordinate all activities within a warehouse. Everything from receiving and shipping orders to managing warehouse staff to making sure equipment is maintained falls within the duties of a Warehouse Manager. They make sure all the parts of a warehouse work together seamlessly and efficiently.
It’s a vitally important job that requires both the ability to plan and lead, as well as possessing experience and understanding of warehousing and logistics.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities
- Oversee warehouse and shipping department
- Ensure accurate inventory tracking and accounting
- Manage the efficient flow of products and materials through a warehouse environment
- Recruit, train, and coach warehouse staff
- Create warehouse metrics reports as needed
- Follow all applicable safety standards
Education and Background
This position requires a bachelor’s degree in business management, logistics, or other related fields.
Skills and Proficiencies
- Organizational and communication skills
- Aptitude for counting and inventory management
- Managerial and business expertise
- Excellent leadership skills
According to Payscale the median annual salary of a Warehouse Manager with
1 Year of Experience:
- Orlando, Florida: $33,000
- Tampa, Florida: $37,000
- Jacksonville, Florida: $34,000
- Miami, Florida: $32,000
- Atlanta, Georgia: $36,000
- Chicago, Illinois: $31,000
- Houston, Texas: $36,000
- Los Angeles, California: $31,000
- New York City, New York: $39,000
- Seattle, Washington: $31,000
- Overall: $35,000
5 Years of Experience:
- Orlando, Florida: $40,000
- Tampa, Florida: $45,000
- Jacksonville, Florida: $40,000
- Miami, Florida: $48,000
- Atlanta, Georgia: $47,000
- Chicago, Illinois: $41,000
- Houston, Texas: $41,000
- Los Angeles, California: $43,000
- New York City, New York: $51,000
- Seattle, Washington: $41,000
- Overall: $46,000
Similar Job Titles
- Shipping & Receiving Clerk
- Material Handler
- Picker Packer
- Forklift Operator
This position requires a bachelor’s degree in business management, logistics, or other related fields. Fairly often, a candidate needs several years of experience before being considered for a management position in this field. Also, earning certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) can help boost advancement opportunities.
The increased use of technology means fewer warehouse and logistics workers 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. That said, the need for effective warehousing and logistics remains, as does the need for qualified professionals to manage those areas.
Study.com cites the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as stating that employment of transportation, storage, and distribution managers is projected to grow by six percent through 2028, which is as fast as the average for jobs across all industries.
The typical work hours for a Warehouse Manager are 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 may be necessary.