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Stock Clerks and Order Fillers in California

May also be called: Central Supply Technicians; Inventory Control Clerks; Inventory Takers; Linen Clerks; Order Pullers; Pickers; Stockers; Storekeepers; Supply Clerks; Ticketers; Tool-Crib Attendants

Specialties within this occupation include: Marking Clerks; Merchandisers; Sales Floor Stock Clerks; Stockroom, Warehouse, or Storage Yard Stock Clerks; Wholesale and Retail Sales Order Fillers

What Would I Do?

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers receive, store, and pass out all types of goods, equipment, and supplies.

Working conditions vary considerably by specialty and employer. Most Stock Clerks and Order Fillers work indoors, with good lighting, heating, and ventilation. They work 40 hours a week. Evening, night, and weekend hours are common.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Stock Clerk and Order Fillers will appeal to those who like organized and clearly defined activities requiring accuracy and attention to detail while in frequent contact with others. Helpful traits include strength, stamina, good eyesight, and an ability to work at repetitive tasks, sometimes under pressure.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2016 for Stock Clerks and Order Fillers in California is $24,489 annually, or $11.77 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Benefits for Stock Clerks and Order Fillers will vary by industry and whether employed full or part-time. If uniforms are required, employers generally provide them or offer an allowance to purchase them.

What is the Job Outlook?

Demand for Stock Clerks and Order Fillers will decline due to automation in stores, warehouses, and factories. Since this is a large entry-level occupation learned on the job, opportunities will exist even during periodic economic slumps.

How Do I Qualify?

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers generally are entry-level workers who learn through short-term on-the-job training.

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers who handle jewelry, liquor, or drugs may be bonded. Employers prefer to hire those familiar with computers and other electronic office and business equipment. Typing, filing, recordkeeping, and other clerical skills also are important in some jobs.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains the most effective job search method as many job openings are not advertised. Use the information detailed under Yellow Page Headings and Find Possible Employers to identify employers for direct contact.

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers can find jobs through listings posted on job board sites or through newspaper advertisements.  Online job opening systems include JobCentral at and CalJOBSSM at

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