Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks

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.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $12.95/hr
Median Earnings: $15.20/hr
Experienced: $18.29/hr

Current Employment
2,037 (2019)

Projected Employment
1,966 (2030)

Growth for Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks

2019 Jobs2030 JobsChange (2019-2030)% Change (2019-2030)

Industries Employing Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2019)% of Occupation in Industry (2019)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2019)
General Warehousing and Storage1668.2%5.7%
Federal Government, Civilian, Excluding Postal Service723.5%0.4%
Temporary Help Services673.3%0.9%
Special Die and Tool, Die Set, Jig, and Fixture Manufacturing 623%2%
Industrial Machinery and Equipment Merchant Wholesalers542.7%3.1%

Occupational 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.