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Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks in California

May also be called: Receiving Clerks; Receiving Managers; Shippers; Shipping Clerks; Traffic Managers; and Warehouse Workers

What Would I Do?

Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks keep records of goods shipped and received by their businesses. Small firms generally hire Clerks to do both shipping and receiving, while larger companies often hire workers to do each job separately.

Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks may work indoors or outdoors. Up-to-date shipping centers or large department stores are usually air-conditioned, well-heated, and lighted. Clerks who work in large warehouses can experience uncomfortable temperatures, as these warehouses are often hot or cold.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerk will appeal to people if they like following set procedures and routines, and like being careful about details This can be classified as a 'conventional' interest area job. Applicants should also enjoy working with practical, hands-on problems with concrete solutions.

Conventional occupations involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2017 for Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks in California was $31,960 annually, or $15.37 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Fringe benefits can include paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave; they may also receive group life, health, and dental insurance, and retirement benefits. Some employers offer Clerks stock purchase and profit sharing plans.

What is the Job Outlook?

Most job openings will be created by the need to replace Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks who retire, transfer to supervisory or managerial positions, or leave the field for other reasons.

How Do I Qualify?

Whether hired from outside the company or promoted from within, Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks are usually given supervised, on-the-job training. Some employers require a high school diploma.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers is an effective job search method for journey-level Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks. Newspaper classified ads are also an excellent source of job leads.  Online job opening systems include JobCentral at and CalJOBSSM at

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