Job Spotlight: Shipping and Receiving Clerk

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Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer that age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Our Job Spotlight monthly blog series is designed to help you answer that question. In this series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from salary and duties to why people do the jobs they do.

Shipping and Receiving Clerk

For this month’s Job Spotlight, we will cover information about Shipping and Receiving Clerks. As long as people are buying products, those products will need to be shipped and received, so job stability is quite high. Responsibilities mainly include receiving and checking-in each arriving package, as well as distributing and logging the internal delivery of the received goods. In addition, this position will also oversee the shipment of packages, which includes working with shipping vendors to ensure on-time pick-up.

Required Education

Usually a high school diploma or equivalent, although there can be exceptions.


Although it varies depending on a variety of factors (e.g. experience, industry, geographic area, etc.), Shipping and Receiving Clerks can make on average $15.27 an hour.

What Shipping and Receiving Clerks Do

Shipping and Receiving Clerks handle a variety of responsibilities, which may include:

  • Operating forklifts and pallet jacks.
  • Unpacking and examining shipments, looking for any damaged or missing items.
  • Record stock amounts and contact shipper with any problems.
  • Maintaining, restocking, and using shipping materials.
  • Maintaining safety and cleanliness in the shipping/receiving area.
  • Using computer programs to track where goods are located.

What Companies Look for in Shipping and Receiving Clerks

Every Shipping and Receiving Clerk is different, but many need the following skills and attributes:

  • Three or more years of experience with shipping and receiving preferred.
  • Must be able to regularly lift 25 pounds, and at times up to 50 pounds, safely.
  • Ability to communicate and work well with others.

Not sure where to find a position like this?

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Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S and Canada. If you have any questions about Shipping and Receiving Clerks in your area or job search in general, feel free to contact your local Express office or fill out our online contact form.

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Warehouse Worker

Administrative Assistant

Medical Secretary


Sales Representative

Human Resources Generalist

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