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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

43-5071 Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks

Verify and maintain records on incoming and outgoing shipments involving inventory. Duties include verifying and recording incoming merchandise or material and arranging for the transportation of products. May prepare items for shipment. Excludes "Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping" (43-5111), "Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, except Postal Service" (43-9051), and "Stockers and Order Fillers" (53-7065).


National estimates for Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks
Industry profile for Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks
Geographic profile for Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks

National estimates for Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
727,640 0.7 % $ 17.89 $ 37,210 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 12.19 $ 13.97 $ 16.95 $ 20.73 $ 25.39
Annual Wage (2) $ 25,360 $ 29,060 $ 35,260 $ 43,120 $ 52,820


Industry profile for Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Warehousing and Storage 59,400 4.19 $ 17.71 $ 36,840
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 42,940 3.13 $ 17.93 $ 37,300
Employment Services 39,840 1.24 $ 16.36 $ 34,020
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 29,780 3.87 $ 19.87 $ 41,340
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 25,560 0.88 $ 16.75 $ 34,850

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 670 6.18 $ 16.16 $ 33,620
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 7,030 5.36 $ 15.28 $ 31,780
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 21,280 5.16 $ 16.46 $ 34,240
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 5,600 4.26 $ 16.66 $ 34,650
Warehousing and Storage 59,400 4.19 $ 17.71 $ 36,840

Top paying industries for Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 80 0.07 $ 32.37 $ 67,320
Postal Service (federal government) 820 0.13 $ 29.89 $ 62,180
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 6,850 1.31 $ 25.15 $ 52,310
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 6,470 0.31 $ 25.13 $ 52,270
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 470 0.12 $ 24.56 $ 51,080


Geographic profile for Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 84,420 5.14 0.98 $ 18.69 $ 38,870
Texas 71,550 5.91 1.13 $ 17.20 $ 35,780
Illinois 39,920 7.09 1.36 $ 18.85 $ 39,210
Ohio 37,550 7.31 1.40 $ 17.38 $ 36,160
Florida 36,390 4.31 0.82 $ 16.56 $ 34,440




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utah 14,330 9.63 1.84 $ 15.72 $ 32,700
Tennessee 22,170 7.64 1.46 $ 16.88 $ 35,110
Indiana 21,950 7.52 1.44 $ 17.44 $ 36,270
Missouri 19,800 7.36 1.41 $ 16.42 $ 34,150
Ohio 37,550 7.31 1.40 $ 17.38 $ 36,160




Top paying states for Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 480 0.70 0.13 $ 25.69 $ 53,440
Washington 16,020 5.01 0.96 $ 22.50 $ 46,790
Alaska 780 2.63 0.50 $ 22.01 $ 45,770
Hawaii 1,670 2.90 0.56 $ 20.93 $ 43,540
Massachusetts 13,330 3.98 0.76 $ 20.22 $ 42,070





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 35,410 6.08 1.16 $ 18.19 $ 37,840
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 33,350 7.65 1.46 $ 18.90 $ 39,310
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 32,840 3.72 0.71 $ 19.69 $ 40,950
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 25,470 7.10 1.36 $ 17.53 $ 36,470
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 20,380 7.74 1.48 $ 17.15 $ 35,670
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 19,690 6.63 1.27 $ 18.21 $ 37,880
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 12,820 5.11 0.98 $ 16.28 $ 33,860
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 12,570 4.66 0.89 $ 18.15 $ 37,740
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 11,350 5.80 1.11 $ 23.45 $ 48,780
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 10,820 7.26 1.39 $ 17.79 $ 37,010




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Shipping, Receiving, and Inventory Clerks:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 2,090 16.58 3.17 $ 18.06 $ 37,560
Dalton, GA 980 16.39 3.13 $ 15.50 $ 32,250
Salt Lake City, UT 9,700 13.39 2.56 $ 15.27 $ 31,770
Laredo, TX 1,240 12.54 2.40 $ 13.03 $ 27,090
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 7,070 11.62 2.22 $ 16.21 $ 33,710
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 600 11.00 2.10 $ 16.17 $ 33,630
Michigan City-La Porte, IN 420 10.84 2.07 $ 17.46 $ 36,320
Danville, IL 270 10.78 2.06 $ 20.51 $ 42,660
Jackson, TN 660 10.35 1.98 $ 16.92 $ 35,190
Spartanburg, SC 1,580 10.22 1.95 $ 16.78 $ 34,900