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Stock Clerks

At a Glance

  • Usually work in retail stores, warehouses, and factories
  • Have a medium level of social interaction
  • Typically work a standard work week
  • Some may work evenings and weekends
  • Receive training on the job

Career summary

Stock clerks receive, unpack, check, store, and track merchandise or materials.

Stock clerks may also be called supply clerks, stockers, or storekeepers.

Stock clerks work for companies that sell merchandise or materials. They may work in:

Stock clerks keep records of items coming in or going out of the stock room. They inspect goods to be sure they are not damaged or spoiled. They sort and organize products for sale, and mark them with prices or identifying codes. For example, clerks may mark items with stock or inventory control codes, so that items can be located quickly and easily.

In many firms, stock clerks use hand-held scanners to keep inventories up to date. The scanners are connected to computers that track the inventory.

In large companies, stock clerks may be responsible for only one task. They are often called by the task they perform, such as inventory clerk. In smaller firms, stock clerks may perform tasks usually done by shipping and receiving clerks. For example, they may unpack and verify incoming merchandise against the original order. They may pack and ship merchandise and prepare invoices.

In retail stores, stock clerks take merchandise to the sales floor and stock shelves and racks. Some stock clerks help customers on the sales floor. They may find materials, ring up sales, or answer questions.

In stock rooms and warehouses, clerks store materials in bins, on floors, or on shelves. They may also lift heavy cartons of various sizes.

Related careers

This career is part of the Business Management and Administration cluster of careers.

Related careers include:

Military careers

Job duties

Task list

The following list of tasks is specific to stock clerks.

Common work activities

Stock clerks perform the following tasks. These tasks are common to many careers.

Work requirements

Working conditions

In a typical work setting, stock clerks:

Interpersonal relationships

Physical work conditions

Work performance


Physical demands

Stock clerks frequently:

It is important for stock clerks to be able to:

It is not as important, but still necessary, for stock clerks to be able to:

Skills and abilities

Stock clerks need to:


Reason and problem solve

Education and training

Educational programs

The programs of study listed below will help you prepare for the occupation or career cluster you are exploring.

Programs of study to consider


To work as a stock clerk, you typically need to:

Education after high school

No formal education is required beyond high school for this occupation.

On-the-job training

Stock clerks usually learn their skills on the job. You work with an experienced clerk and do routine tasks under close supervision. You learn to count and mark stock, keep records, and take inventory.

Stock clerks whose only job is to bring merchandise to the sales floor and stock shelves and racks need little or no training. Training typically lasts up to one month.

Military training

Some branches of the military train people to be sales and stock specialists. Training lasts six to seven weeks. Additional training occurs on the job.

Helpful high school courses

You should take a general high school curriculum that meets the state's graduation requirements. You will be required to take both math and science classes to graduate.

Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this career include:

The courses listed above are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering taking.

You should also check with a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing, internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.

Join some groups, try some hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself. Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Here are examples of activities and groups that may be available in your high school or community.

Things to know

Some employers require that applicants have a high school diploma or equivalent. Many prefer to hire clerks who have information technology experience along with basic clerical skills, such as keyboarding, filing, and recordkeeping. Previous business experience or job-related experience is also helpful.

Employers prefer applicants who have good speaking and writing skills. Strength and good eyesight are also important. In addition, stock clerks need the ability to work at repetitive tasks, sometimes under pressure.

Some employers may also require a valid Washington State driver's license.


Training at a community or technical college or vocational school may be helpful. Experience with laser scanners is also helpful.

Costs to workers

Workers may join a union and pay an initiation fee and annual dues.

Job listings

Listed below are links to job categories from the National Labor Exchange that relate to this career. Once you get a list of jobs, you can view information about individual jobs and find out how to apply. If your job search finds too many openings, or if you wish to search for jobs outside of Washington, you will need to refine your search.

To get a listing of current jobs from the WorkSource system, go to the WorkSource website (external link).


The minimum wage for Washington State as of January 1, 2020 is $13.50 per hour. Some areas of the state may have a higher minimum wage.

Stock clerks and order fillers (SOC 43-5081)

Pay Period
Washington Hourly $11.83 $12.64 $15.22 $19.85 $24.02
Monthly $2,050 $2,191 $2,638 $3,440 $4,163
Yearly $24,610 $26,290 $31,660 $41,290 $49,960
    Bellingham Hourly $12.01 $12.38 $14.41 $19.78 $23.58
Monthly $2,081 $2,145 $2,497 $3,428 $4,086
Yearly $24,995 $25,759 $29,979 $41,144 $49,040
    Bremerton-Silverdale Hourly $12.27 $13.44 $16.43 $22.13 $24.92
Monthly $2,126 $2,329 $2,847 $3,835 $4,319
Yearly $25,533 $27,942 $34,172 $46,036 $51,838
    Clarkston-Lewiston Hourly $10.05 $11.26 $12.30 $14.49 $17.63
Monthly $1,742 $1,951 $2,132 $2,511 $3,055
Yearly $20,905 $23,416 $25,578 $30,146 $36,676
    Kennewick-Richland Hourly $12.00 $12.37 $14.41 $18.12 $22.60
Monthly $2,080 $2,144 $2,497 $3,140 $3,917
Yearly $24,972 $25,737 $29,986 $37,682 $46,994
    Longview Hourly $11.96 $12.25 $13.37 $17.05 $26.83
Monthly $2,073 $2,123 $2,317 $2,955 $4,650
Yearly $24,876 $25,486 $27,801 $35,468 $55,794
    Mount Vernon-Anacortes Hourly $12.04 $12.86 $14.95 $20.41 $23.85
Monthly $2,087 $2,229 $2,591 $3,537 $4,133
Yearly $25,030 $26,749 $31,105 $42,461 $49,595
    Olympia-Tumwater Hourly $11.96 $12.28 $14.61 $19.79 $24.18
Monthly $2,073 $2,128 $2,532 $3,430 $4,190
Yearly $24,888 $25,548 $30,383 $41,172 $50,300
    Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Hourly $12.42 $13.82 $16.92 $21.79 $25.27
Monthly $2,152 $2,395 $2,932 $3,776 $4,379
Yearly $25,847 $28,735 $35,206 $45,315 $52,563
    Spokane-Spokane Valley Hourly $11.99 $12.39 $14.45 $18.18 $23.57
Monthly $2,078 $2,147 $2,504 $3,151 $4,085
Yearly $24,950 $25,786 $30,051 $37,819 $49,025
    Vancouver Hourly $11.34 $12.35 $14.76 $18.15 $21.88
Monthly $1,965 $2,140 $2,558 $3,145 $3,792
Yearly $23,584 $25,692 $30,700 $37,755 $45,511
    Walla Walla Hourly $11.91 $12.12 $12.58 $15.68 $20.22
Monthly $2,064 $2,100 $2,180 $2,717 $3,504
Yearly $24,788 $25,213 $26,156 $32,616 $42,051
    Wenatchee Hourly $11.95 $12.20 $12.65 $15.26 $19.38
Monthly $2,071 $2,114 $2,192 $2,645 $3,359
Yearly $24,862 $25,364 $26,305 $31,734 $40,298
    Yakima Hourly $11.95 $12.25 $14.20 $18.69 $22.86
Monthly $2,071 $2,123 $2,461 $3,239 $3,962
Yearly $24,872 $25,479 $29,535 $38,875 $47,554
United States Hourly $9.41 $10.68 $12.36 $15.62 $19.79
Monthly $1,631 $1,851 $2,142 $2,707 $3,430
Yearly $19,580 $22,220 $25,700 $32,490 $41,150

Wages vary by area of the country and employer. The clerk's level of experience and responsibility also affect wages.

Stock clerks who work full time generally receive benefits. Typical benefits include sick leave, paid vacation, and health insurance.

Employment and outlook

Washington outlook

The table below provides information about the number of workers in this career in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings.

Stock Clerks and Order Fillers (SOC 43-5081)

Location Current employment Growth over 10 years Annual openings
Washington 33,031 8.3% 16.1% 4,907
    Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties 846 7.6% 13.4% 124
    Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman Counties 724 3.7% 8.6% 98
    Benton and Franklin Counties 1,298 8.8% 15.0% 193
    Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties 1,091 8.0% 11.9% 161
    Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties 2,689 5.9% 15.2% 382
    Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston Counties 2,216 5.6% 14.1% 312
    Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties 1,879 6.7% 14.6% 270
    King County 10,391 7.8% 19.6% 1,520
    Kittitas, Klickitat, Skamania, and Yakima Counties 1,466 12.8% 13.8% 237
    Pierce County 3,728 17.7% 15.2% 656
    Snohomish County 3,420 6.5% 12.4% 489
    Spokane County 3,158 7.6% 13.9% 462
United States 2,056,600 1.7% 5.2% 279,500

National employment

Major employers:

National outlook

Little to no growth is expected for this occupation. Advances in technology such as hand-help barcode scanners and radio frequency identification tags allow more work to be done by less workers. Also, machines can stack and retrieve goods, so fewer stock clerks are needed in warehouses.

Many job openings will occur each year as current workers transfer to other jobs or leave the labor force. Opportunities will be best for clerks with computer skills.

Other resources

International Warehouse Logistics Association (external link)
2800 South River Road, Suite 260
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Washington Business Week (external link)
PO Box 1170
Renton, WA 98057


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