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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
795,360 0.7 % $ 18.37 $ 38,210 0.2 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.38 $ 14.35 $ 17.74 $ 21.97 $ 24.29
Annual Wage (2) $ 27,830 $ 29,840 $ 36,890 $ 45,710 $ 50,520


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 73,060 4.41 $ 18.14 $ 37,720
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 41,470 3.03 $ 18.59 $ 38,660
Employment Services 35,940 1.03 $ 15.26 $ 31,730
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 32,410 3.50 $ 20.79 $ 43,230
Food and Beverage Stores (4451 and 4452 only) 29,360 0.99 $ 17.06 $ 35,490

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)
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses 25,370 5.50 $ 17.17 $ 35,710
Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers 6,580 5.09 $ 17.32 $ 36,030
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 540 4.94 $ 15.01 $ 31,230
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills 1,130 4.67 $ 17.18 $ 35,730
Electronics and Appliance Stores 18,470 4.41 $ 15.93 $ 33,130

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 110 0.10 $ 36.41 $ 75,720
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 690 0.18 $ 30.88 $ 64,230
Postal Service (federal government) 800 0.13 $ 30.25 $ 62,920
Oil and Gas Extraction 80 0.07 $ 27.69 $ 57,590
Land Subdivision (8) (8) $ 26.24 $ 54,570


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.



Map of employment of shipping, receiving, and inventory clerks by state, May 2021


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 87,880 5.32 0.94 $ 19.75 $ 41,080
Texas 78,960 6.46 1.14 $ 17.21 $ 35,800
Florida 42,970 4.99 0.88 $ 17.07 $ 35,510
Ohio 39,160 7.53 1.33 $ 18.21 $ 37,870
Illinois 35,890 6.39 1.13 $ 19.73 $ 41,040


Map of location quotient of shipping, receiving, and inventory clerks by state, May 2021


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 16,620 10.69 1.89 $ 16.59 $ 34,510
Nevada 11,360 8.81 1.56 $ 17.44 $ 36,280
Indiana 24,820 8.32 1.47 $ 18.37 $ 38,210
Ohio 39,160 7.53 1.33 $ 18.21 $ 37,870
Missouri 20,370 7.47 1.32 $ 16.33 $ 33,970


Map of annual mean wages of shipping, receiving, and inventory clerks by state, May 2021


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 600 0.90 0.16 $ 23.58 $ 49,050
Alaska 700 2.36 0.42 $ 22.94 $ 47,710
Washington 20,070 6.26 1.11 $ 22.04 $ 45,850
Hawaii 1,630 2.98 0.53 $ 20.73 $ 43,110
Massachusetts 13,360 3.93 0.70 $ 20.61 $ 42,860



Map of employment of shipping, receiving, and inventory clerks by area, May 2021


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 33,600 5.87 1.04 $ 19.49 $ 40,550
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 32,920 3.79 0.67 $ 20.59 $ 42,820
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 28,640 6.77 1.20 $ 20.29 $ 42,190
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 26,590 7.41 1.31 $ 17.83 $ 37,090
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 20,590 7.11 1.26 $ 17.56 $ 36,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 19,130 7.39 1.31 $ 17.69 $ 36,790
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 14,530 5.92 1.05 $ 17.26 $ 35,890
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 13,580 7.08 1.25 $ 23.29 $ 48,440
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 12,710 6.00 1.06 $ 17.87 $ 37,170
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 11,960 4.50 0.80 $ 19.60 $ 40,760


Map of location quotient of shipping, receiving, and inventory clerks by area, May 2021


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 2,380 17.79 3.15 $ 20.75 $ 43,160
Salt Lake City, UT 11,050 14.87 2.63 $ 16.45 $ 34,210
Laredo, TX 1,340 13.79 2.44 $ 13.45 $ 27,970
Spartanburg, SC 2,050 13.07 2.32 $ 16.61 $ 34,540
Dalton, GA 790 12.60 2.23 $ 16.07 $ 33,430
Reno, NV 2,630 11.14 1.97 $ 18.63 $ 38,760
Jackson, TN 710 10.66 1.89 $ 17.47 $ 36,330
Stockton-Lodi, CA 2,690 10.48 1.86 $ 19.12 $ 39,760
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 6,280 10.38 1.84 $ 18.23 $ 37,910
Canton-Massillon, OH 1,630 10.30 1.82 $ 17.08 $ 35,530