What does an Inventory Control Specialist do?

Inventory control specialists track inventory changes working alongside retail and warehouse workers. They have many responsibilities that vary depending upon employment positions and perform duties including oversight of inventory control where they keep detailed records of any changes in inventory or production and report changes to the proper department. They inspect inventory and take note of any damage or potentially unsuitable products and return defective products back to the supplier or dispose of them according to company standards.

When shipments arrive, inventory control specialists receive and sign for them. They may interact with vendors to ensure shipments are scheduled properly and handle payment for the products when they are received. Inventory control specialists ensure the company's inventory remains sufficient and place orders when products get low, and return items the company does not need. Inventory control specialists need a high school diploma or equivalent work experience and many receive on-the-job training.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Inventory Control Specialist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$42,885 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $43K
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Inventory Control Specialist Career Path

Learn how to become an Inventory Control Specialist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Bed Bath & BeyondBed Bath & Beyond
Inventory Control
Jun. 2, 2021

“You get a flexible schedule most of the time which is great for life’s inconveniences.”

Inventory Specialist
Sep. 23, 2021

“Payment Issues: Have had several occasions in which paychecks are not verified/approved causing a lapse in pay.”

Inventory Taker
Aug. 5, 2020

“My first training session was very intensive and I feel like we should have gotten much more training.”

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical SystemsGeneral Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
Inventory Control I
Oct. 27, 2020

“Sr management has little to no understanding of the job duties of their direct reports.”

Inventory Specialist
Dec. 25, 2021

“Great and fun people to work with”

WIS InternationalWIS International
Inventory Specialist
Nov. 7, 2021

“Pay was pretty good and decent”

Island Paints
Inventory Control
Jul. 10, 2021

“The employer is good and reccomended for career growth.”

St. Luke's Health SystemSt. Luke's Health System
Cash Management Specialist
Feb. 3, 2021

“Great and friendly people to work with.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an inventory control specialist

When working as an inventory control specialist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Database, Reviews, Audit, Microsoft Office Software and Ability to Multitask.

The most similar professions to inventory control specialist are:
  • Inventory Manager
  • Inventory Analyst
  • Operations Manager
  • General Manager

The most common qualifications to become an inventory control specialist is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.