Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

43-5071 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks

Verify and keep records on incoming and outgoing shipments. Prepare items for shipment. Duties include assembling, addressing, stamping, and shipping merchandise or material; receiving, unpacking, verifying and recording incoming merchandise or material; and arranging for the transportation of products. Exclude "Stock Clerks and Order Fillers" (43-5081) and "Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping" (43-5111).

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
767,470 0.7 % $12.11 $25,200 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.63 $9.19 $11.38 $14.28 $17.69
Annual Wage (2) $15,870 $19,110 $23,660 $29,710 $36,790

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Department stores 46,370 $8.80 $18,300 1 259
Warehousing and storage 32,880 $12.50 $26,010 2 138
Employment services 30,460 $9.94 $20,680 3 249
Building material and supplies dealers 27,110 $11.70 $24,350 4 182
Machinery and supply merchant wholesalers 22,110 $12.42 $25,830 5 143

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Inland water transportation 60 $20.03 $41,670 242 1
Power generation and supply 580 $18.93 $39,380 162 2
Natural gas distribution 120 $18.62 $38,740 224 3
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 4,600 $18.58 $38,640 50 4
Support activities for water transportation 950 $18.35 $38,160 129 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Mississippi 9,220 $10.44 $21,720 0.849% 515
Delaware 3,170 $11.06 $23,010 0.787% 429
Vermont 2,190 $11.83 $24,600 0.754% 387
California 109,220 $12.30 $25,590 0.753% 601
Tennessee 19,280 $11.60 $24,120 0.738% 532

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 960 $16.04 $33,370 0.161% 315
Alaska 1,210 $14.68 $30,530 0.414% 365
Washington 16,770 $13.89 $28,900 0.655% 554
Connecticut 9,310 $13.55 $28,190 0.568% 497
Massachusetts 19,740 $13.47 $28,010 0.622% 556

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Laredo, TX MSA 1,160 $10.19 $21,200 1.551%
Rocky Mount, NC MSA 750 $11.06 $23,000 1.215%
Utica-Rome, NY MSA 1,470 $12.37 $25,730 1.176%
Elkhart-Goshen, IN MSA 1,210 $11.85 $24,640 1.047%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 40,660 $11.61 $24,140 1.011%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Wichita, KS MSA 2,150 $16.58 $34,490 0.790%
Saginaw-Bay City-Midland, MI MSA 830 $15.42 $32,070 0.478%
Stamford-Norwalk, CT PMSA 1,000 $14.81 $30,810 0.499%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 10,040 $14.74 $30,660 0.773%
Lansing-East Lansing, MI MSA 1,030 $14.64 $30,450 0.514%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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