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What does a Warehouse Worker do?

A warehouse worker is responsible for organizing, maintaining and retrieving inventory for shipment that is stored inside a business's warehouse. Their duties are varied but they require good organizational skills, lifting and moving inventory, as well as keeping detailed records of what is done in and around the warehouse.


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Working as a Warehouse Worker

The following responsibilities may be commonly performed by warehouse workers:

  • Loading and unloading incoming merchandise
  • Processing orders and keeping records of all incoming and outgoing items
  • Keeping stock organized so it is available for shipment
  • Replenishing stock when it runs low
  • Keeping the work area of the warehouse clean and organized

There may be an office within the warehouse where the worker keeps records of inventory and orders, but the majority of the work may commonly take place in and around the warehouse.

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How much does a Warehouse Worker make in the United States?

Average base salary


Most common benefits

$4,750per year

The average salary for a warehouse worker is $17.40 per hour in the United States and $4,750 overtime per year.178.4k salaries reported, updated at May 14, 2022.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

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Common questions about for a Warehouse Worker

What demands are placed on warehouse workers?

Warehouse workers are expected to be comfortable standing, lifting heavy items and moving continuously throughout their work day. Additionally, some warehouse workers who hold commercial driving licenses may be required to operate warehouse machinery such as forklifts and small lifts.

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Where can warehouse workers find employment?

Commonly, warehouse workers will find employment in large plants that have a variety of inventory from products for restaurants to products for a specific construction industry. Workers who are employed to stock and retrieve inventory are usually employed in large storage warehouses and other facilities.

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