Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks

Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks SOC: 43-5071

Job Description:

Verify and maintain records on incoming and outgoing shipments. Prepare items for shipment. Duties include assembling, addressing, stamping, and shipping merchandise or material; receiving, unpacking, verifying and recording incoming merchandise or material; and arranging for the transportation of products.

Associated Tasks:

  • Examine shipment contents and compare with records such as manifests, invoices, or orders to verify accuracy.
  • Record shipment data, such as weight, charges, space availability, damages, or discrepancies for reporting, accounting, or recordkeeping purposes.
  • Prepare documents, such as work orders, bills of lading, or shipping orders, to route materials.
  • Confer or correspond with establishment representatives to rectify problems, such as damages, shortages, or nonconformance to specifications.
  • Pack, seal, label, or affix postage to prepare materials for shipping, using hand tools, power tools, or postage meter.
  • Contact carrier representatives to make arrangements or to issue instructions for shipping and delivery of materials.
  • Deliver or route materials to departments using handtruck, conveyor, or sorting bins.
  • Requisition and store shipping materials and supplies to maintain inventory of stock.
  • Determine shipping methods, routes, or rates for materials to be shipped.
  • Compute amounts, such as space available, shipping, storage, or demurrage charges, using computer or price list.
Salary & Education

Entry Level Earnings: $13.00 and up
Median Hourly Earnings: $17.50
Experienced Earnings: $19.50
Typical Entry Level Education: High school diploma

Job Projections
2018 Jobs 39,173
2023 Jobs 39,596
Average Annual Openings: 4,103 per year
Average Monthly Hires (2018): 1,769
Job Categories

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