Warehouse shipping jobs span a broad spectrum of logistical and warehouse duties. Some examples of warehouse shipping jobs are logistics specialists, shipping and receiving clerks, shipping coordinators, shipping and receiving managers, and other warehouse workers. Some warehouses also have workers who work only in shipping or exclusively in receiving.
The duties of a warehouse shipping worker depend on the specific job you’re hired for. For instance, if you work as a shipping and receiving clerk for the computer hardware department of a store, you will receive incoming shipments of computers and related hardware in a warehouse.
You may be tasked with helping unload and unpacking merchandise or signing a delivery slip. You’ll also compare shipments to invoices or orders to see if anything is missing or incorrect, inspect the merchandise for damage, add the items to inventory, record their receipt in a database and move the stock of computers and related parts to the front of the store in their respective departments. If you work more in the shipping department, you’ll fulfill and package orders, print labels, weigh them to calculate postage, and have them ready for shipment.
Depending on the scope of duties, you may be required to operate a forklift or other unloading equipment.
Warehouse shipping workers work for manufacturing companies, retail and wholesale companies, and industrial or other commercial enterprises.
If you work for a manufacturer, let’s say one that manufactures computer goods, a warehouse job there might require you to assemble crates and containers and pack the goods to be shipped to vendors, stores, or other customers.
Warehouse Shipping Jobs Salaries
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, warehouse shipping and receiving clerks earn a median annual salary of $37,210, or $17.89 an hour. Other warehousing and storage jobs pay a similar wage, except for warehouse managers, who earn approximately $97,720 per year on average, or $46.98 an hour.
- Konica Minolta is hiring for warehouse jobs in several cities across the United States. Work in a hands-on environment shipping and handling inventory for the workplace of the future.
- Milestone Technologies has a few open Logistics Specialists warehouse jobs available for its California and Illinois locations.
- IT firm Revivn has several warehouse positions open in New York and California.
Training and Requirements
Most warehouse shipping jobs will only require a high school diploma, or equivalent, such as a GED. Before operating a forklift, you will need to have a forklift certification. You can also gain a competitive advantage if you have experience using radio frequency equipment.
But, if you want a warehouse management position, an employer will look more favorably on candidates who have a general studies or business degree and previous experience working in other warehouse positions.
In addition, warehouse shipping workers should be customer-service-oriented, have excellent teamwork skills, and work well with others. If you pursue a job as a warehouse worker, you should have focused attention to detail and be organized, dependable, and have good time management skills. You should be effective at inventory control and data entry, documentation, and reporting skills.
Warehouse shipping workers should also be in good physical shape as they are sometimes required to work outdoors in extreme heat or cold and sometimes must lift heavy items.