What does a Sorter do?

Sorters are responsible for organizing, categorizing, and separating products and materials. They commonly work in production or warehousing environments. They sort items and separate them into designated categories or destinations. They program and operate automated sorting equipment and systems. They ensure workstations are properly equipped and set up according to the established specifications of the particular job. They prepare and maintain production records and documentation. Their role commonly includes related duties such as inspecting, packing, and labeling products and preparing final packaged goods for shipment.

Sorters have a high school diploma and commonly have a background in production or warehouse operations. They must be able to follow detailed instructions. These roles require the ability to remain organized and focused in a fast-paced environment. This work can be physically strenuous.

What responsibilities are common for Sorter jobs?
  • Perform warehouse functions including order picking, packing, and assembly of product.
  • Follow appropriate standard operating procedures (SOPs) as guideline for operating and maintain, equipment.
  • Determine employee training needs to produce continuous development plans.
  • Responsible for supervising and training employees effectively.
  • Communicate and perform assigned tasks and maintain proper job safety conditions.
  • Perform duties in a safe and efficient manner, in compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations and company policies.
  • Supervise daily activities of drivers and package handlers to ensure that all assigned duties are accomplished safely and timely.
  • Ensure all employees adhere to safety policies and procedures at all times, operating in full compliance with department, station, corporate, OSHA, and WISHA requirements.
  • Conduct performance evaluations and resolve individual and group performance issues.
  • Perform cleaning duties related to plant equipment and general housekeeping as required.
  • Complete all required initial Safety Training and attend all monthly trainings provided.
  • Participate in training and other learning opportunities to expand knowledge of the company, products, sales and services and perform any other duties needed to help drive our vision, fulfill our mission, and/or abide by our core values.
  • Read monitor for machine start up and ensure machine is operating properly and at a moderate speed.
What are the typical qualifications for Sorter jobs?
  • Associate's Degree in business, business administration or management, or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership and critical thinking skills.
  • Is comfortable leading and collaborating.
  • A natural problem solver with a positive attitude.
  • Can multitask.
  • Experienced in handling items, including loading, selecting, collating, docking, and racking.
  • Will pay attention to personal grooming habits.
  • Is flexible and can multitask.
  • A professional who is composed at all times.
  • Experience with software and systems such as C, C#, Jabber, and SaaS.
  • Experience with Cisco Collaboration.
  • Fluency in products and services.
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Sorter Salaries

Average Base Pay

$35,296 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $35K
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Sorter Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

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5 - 7
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Parcel Sorter
Aug 19, 2021

“I held on to this job because they paid good money but now no money can bring my health back”

PM Sorter
Aug 23, 2021

“comunication was sometimes difficult via there service number but email corispondince was top notch so no real complaints”

Sprouts Farmers MarketSprouts Farmers Market
Sorter and Price Tagger
Apr 15, 2021

“Discount and close to home”

Blue Grass ManufacturingBlue Grass Manufacturing
Aug 29, 2020

“People you work with are nice and helpful.”

JD Sports FashionJD Sports Fashion
May 4, 2021

“nice place to work and somewhat fun”

Sortation Associate
Oct 29, 2021

“lol customer obsessed huh.”

Package Sorter
Mar 20, 2022

“Not the best place to work if you really need a stable amount of work hours.”

Sortation Associate
Apr 6, 2022

“Only reason I left was to pursue other career opportunities otherwise I would have stayed.”

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