Receiving Clerk Jobs
Pacific Coast Producers
The Dalles, OR
The Fresh Market
Country Pure Foods
Pipe Manufacturing Company
Key-Link Fencing & Railing
$18 - $24 / Per Hour
New Holland, PA
Latham, The Pool Company
$20 - $20.37 / Per Hour
$14.75 - $16.5 / Per Hour
Health Care Logistics
Albert Lea, MN
Caterpillar - Cleveland Brothers Equipment Company
Advance Temporary Services
$14.5 / Per Hour
Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois
East Peoria, IL
Worlds Best Cheeses, Inc
$17 / Per Hour
Caterpillar - Carter machinery
Professional Hospitality Resources, Inc. and Ocean Beach Club LLC
Hare Automotive Group
Receiving Clerk Jobs Overview
Receiving clerk jobs are often the last step in a shipment to a warehouse and are responsible for accepting a delivery. But they do much more than just sign a delivery slip – most importantly, they make sure that the warehouse receives the correct items in proper condition. Without a receiving clerk, a company could lose significant money accepting a damaged or incomplete delivery.
Although the main responsibility is to handle deliveries, they sometimes also help with outgoing shipments, which is why another term for this position is shipping clerk. Larger companies, however, will have two separate positions in place. This job may also be listed as warehouse worker, but not all warehouse workers are receiving clerks. (You may also be working at another location, such as a manufacturing plant or store.) You will enjoy this job if you have a talent for record-keeping and details, if you like routines, and if you want to operate heavy machinery on the job.
Some of the job responsibilities include:
- receiving deliveries and signing delivery slips
- unloading and loading packages
- making sure that packages are in proper condition
- confirming that the incoming deliveries match purchase orders
- updating inventory lists with incoming products
- packaging and unpacking items
- adding bar codes and prices to products
- placing items on shelves
- preparing bills and invoices
- helping with other record-keeping tasks
- communicating with delivery companies and suppliers
If you are detail-oriented and organized, consider expanding your job search by also looking for other administrative jobs. These are some positions that offer similar job responsibilities:
Receiving Clerk Jobs: Training and Skills
This job typically requires a high school diploma and basic math and computer skills. You will usually learn the required skills through on-the-job training. You can also get started in another warehouse position, such as an order puller or picker/packer, which typically are entry-level positions with less responsibility. While college classes are not required, they could help you advance to management positions, such as a warehouse manager, a head clerk, or a shipping and receiving supervisor.
You should be physically strong in order to move big packages and stay on your feet for most of the workday. While you will use machinery for heavy shipments, many jobs require you to be able to lift a specific weight, such as 50 lbs. If you are going to operate a forklift or other industrial machinery on the job, you will also need a forklift certification compliant with the Occupational Safety and Health Acts (OSHA). For some positions, you will need a driver's license.
It is important that you have great attention to detail to verify the accuracy of deliveries, update inventory lists, and perform other record-keeping tasks. Depending on your workplace, seasonal factors could greatly impact the number of shipments and the workload, so you should be comfortable working in a fast-paced environment.
This can be a solitary job, so you need to be able to work independently. Communication skills are important, however, to stay in touch with suppliers and delivery companies and to resolve shipping issues, like damaged or delayed deliveries. It is also essential that you know and follow all safety rules and standards. This is not the place to cut corners—except on the boxes!
Take a look at Monster's job description for shipping and receiving clerks to learn more.
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How Much Do Receiving Clerk Jobs Pay?
Before you apply for this position, make sure you know the average salary. Shipping/receiving clerks make a national median salary of $14.31 an hour. Check out Monster's Salary Tools to learn more about what they make in different regions.
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