The Average Salary of an Inventory Control Clerk


Not to be confused with loss prevention staff, inventory control clerks track material, shipping and receiving records and production in an office rather than as a security position. These clerks use standardized accounting procedures and practices to maintain control standards for material tracking and are usually tasked with maintaining procedure, rather than developing long-range plans.

Average Salary

Inventory control clerk salaries depend upon the individual's experience level. Entry-level clerks with fewer than two years of experience who work directly under a supervisor earn average annual salaries of $30,739 (as of December 2010), according to Those with five years in the position earn average salaries of $35,437, while supervisors with at least five years of experience earn average salaries of $41,610.

Hourly Earnings

Similarly, inventory control clerks who are paid on an hourly basis instead of working in a salaried position earn higher wages the longer they stay in their position. Clerks with four or fewer years of experience earn hourly wages between $8.24 and $14.15 per hour as of December 2010, according to PayScale. Once a clerk accrues five to nine years on the job, his hourly wage rises to the range of $11.58 to $15.25. Inventory control clerks with 10 or more years on the job earn hourly wages of $12.37 to $18.40.

Earnings By Region

Inventory control clerks can see their salaries vary significantly by region. The best paid clerks work in Boston, with average annual earnings of $38,581 as of December 2010, according to Salary Expert. Those employed in the field in Orlando, Florida, earn the smallest annual income, $27,544. Half of the cities with salaries reported by Salary Expert paid inventory control clerks annual salaries between $30,265 and $33,375.


The benefit most frequently awarded to inventory control clerks is a 401k plan, with 75 percent of clerks receiving the retirement plan as of December 2010, according to PayScale. Seventy percent receive paid holidays or vacation pay as part of their position. Nearly half, 49 percent, receive paid sick leave, and 14 percent enjoy a tuition and training reimbursement program from their employer.

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