Shipping Clerk Job Description
Shipping clerks often work in warehouses, where they keep track of all incoming and outgoing shipments. They make sure that all orders are filled correctly.
Because they interact with each shipment that goes in or out of a warehouse, shipping clerks are often responsible for keeping inventory records. They track the date of delivery, the weight of the shipment, and log the charges.
To help with the record keeping process, shipping clerks normally use electronic devices like tablets or or radio frequency identification scanners to scan bar codes on shipments. These devices then transmit the inventory record to a database inventory system, which is used to keep track of all of the items stored within a warehouse.
Shipping clerks are also responsible for preparing shipping invoices and computing the freight costs for outgoing shipments. In some warehouses, they also directly move cargo to the loading dock using fork lifts, pallet jacks, or other equipment.
Work Environment and Schedule
Most shipping clerks for work for manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers. Every business that ships products from one place to an other needs shipping clerks to help them handle the logistics of the process.
Shipping clerks normally have an office located within a warehouse or manufacturing facility. In the office, they prepare reports, manage shipping schedules, calculate freight costs, and perform other administrative tasks.
Shipping clerks need to work in the warehouse or manufacturing facility, too. There, they take inventory of the products available to ship, and work with manufacturing managers who let them know when new merchandise will be ready for shipment.
The majority of shipping clerks work full time, and are often able to keep regular working hours. Not all shipping clerks are able to maintain regular hours, though, and some employers who manage large volumes of shipments may require clerks to work on nights and weekends.
How to Become a Shipping Clerk
Most employers require shipping clerks to have a high school diploma or GED, but in some cases, work experience can make up for a lack of formal education.
Because each business uses different equipment and techniques, on the job training is provided to all new shipping clerks. Training can last six months or more depending on the complexity of the job and the equipment involved.
There are currently 687,600 shipping clerks in the United States, with 17,740 new shipping clerk job openings created each year.
Shipping Clerk jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.
Shipping Clerk Salaries
Shipping Clerk salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most shipping clerks make between $23,100 – $36,200 per year, or $11.10 – $17.43 per hour.