(Last Updated On: 05/04/2017)

Stock Clerk Job Description

Stock clerks are responsible for receiving, storing, and moving merchandise or materials from the stockroom or warehouse to shelves, racks, or tables.

Depending on the store or industry, stock clerks may also be required to place price labels on merchandise or setup sales displays.

Additional responsibilities for stock clerk jobs include:

  • Taking inventory to identify the products or merchandise that need replenished on the floor.
  • Cleaning shelves, aisles, and display cases.
  • Ensuring that the correct shipments are received by comparing invoices with the delivered products.
  • Performing merchandising activities such as setting up displays and advertising signs.

Work Environment and Schedule

Stock clerks are normally employed by retailers. Department stores, grocery stores, and drug stores almost always employ stock clerks. Most stock clerk jobs require constant movement between the storage area and the store front, and heavy lifting may be required in some stores.

Hours for stock clerk jobs vary greatly by company. Some employers prefer to do their stocking overnight, while others do it consistently throughout the day. Regardless, you can expect to work nights, weekends and holidays as a stock clerk.

How to Become a Stock Clerk

In most cases, this is an entry-level position that offers on-the-job training. Some employers may require that applicants have a high school diploma, though that isn’t very common. Because little prior experience is required, this makes a great entry-level retail job.

Required Skills

Stock clerks may be required to maintain the stock room, which requires organization and the ability to lift heavy items. In many stores, stock clerks interact directly with customers, so good customer service skills are also required.

Employment Outlook

There are currently 1,787,400 stock clerks in the United States, with 46,500 new stock clerk job openings created each year.

Stock Clerk jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.

Stock Clerk Salaries

Overall Salaries

Stock Clerk salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most stock clerks make between $18,400 – $28,200 per year, or $8.85 – $13.56 per hour.

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