Stock Clerk

Average Stock Clerk Salary Nationwide

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Overview and Basic Information


In warehouses, grocery stores, department stores and big-box stores, stock clerks are the workers who make sure everything is where it should be. Stock clerks have multiple responsibilities that go well beyond stocking the shelves and include tasks such as managing inventory and operating heavy machinery. All successful stock clerks are individuals who thrive on order in the workplace.

Example stock clerk job description

Our company is seeking a detail-oriented, physically fit individual to fill the open role of stock clerk on our team. The stock clerk is responsible for unboxing shipments, moving materials, stocking shelves and ensuring accurate inventory records. At our company, the stock clerk is an important part of the team and is appreciated by all other members of the staff. The ideal person for this position will have proven organizational skills and experience in a warehouse environment. If you are someone who enjoys working behind the scenes, we want to see your application. 

Typical duties include:

  • Manage incoming deliveries and sign for packages

  • Unbox all new orders, maintain accurate records, properly label and store inventory

  • Operate equipment such as forklifts and use ladders to stock inventory in the stockroom

  • Fulfill customer orders by retrieving the proper inventory and packaging it for delivery

  • Help fulfill customer service requests

  • Answer customer inquiries while on the floor

  • Face all shelves to maintain organization and appearance

  • Work as an integral part of the store team to create a positive customer experience on the sales floor


  • Previous experience in a warehouse or retail environment

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Desire to work as a member of a team

  • Proven organizational skills

  • Ability to stand and move for extended periods of time

  • Ability to lift heavy objects

  • Experience operating forklifts and balers

  • Previous experience managing inventory

  • Customer service skills

Preferred qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED

  • Previous experience as a stock clerk

Common questions about stock clerk jobs

How much does a stock clerk make?

Full-time and part-time stock clerks make an hourly wage of $10.74 per hour. 

What are the education requirements?

There are no formal education requirements for stock clerks, however, many employers prefer stock clerks to have a high school diploma.

Career paths for stock clerks

The position of a stock clerk is just the foundation of an exciting career in retail or warehouse management. Many stock clerks are promoted to shift supervisors and move on to become store managers.

The future of stock clerks

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for stock clerks are expected to rise by 0.6% over the next 10 years, which is slower than most occupations.

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