What does a Stock Clerk do?

A Stock Clerk is commonly found in retail, department or grocery stores. A Stock Clerk will move merchandise from the warehouse or stockroom to store display shelves. They are generally in charge of overseeing and organizing stock. A Stock Clerk sees to it that accurate records are maintained of all stock within the store. Additionally, they commonly assist with updating and providing accurate records of inventory. A Stock Clerk works closely with management by creating reports and actively monitoring inventory while keeping precise records or goods stored and stocked.

A high school diploma or equivalent is generally preferred but not necessary for the position. A Stock Clerk is considered an entry-level profession. However, certain skills are essential in order to fulfill the role. An exceptional Stock Clerk will seek to provide excellent customer service, be proactive about the needs of customers and have exceptional organizational skills.

What responsibilities are common for Stock Clerk jobs?
  • Perform annual full-scale inventory assessments to identify missing inventory and items to be ordered
  • Provide customer service to customers who may need assistance while setting up displays or otherwise in the front of the store
  • Use rolling ladders to retrieve items from the stockroom on hard to reach shelves
  • Accurately maintain company database including all stock and inventory items
  • Build new store displays to present special merchandise
  • Organize and sort items on shelving, bins and displays according to company standards
  • Monitor and report any missing or lost inventory to management
  • Confirm all incoming shipments to be accurate by comparing the invoice to the order and ensure all inventory is in excellent condition
What are the typical qualifications for Stock Clerk jobs?
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds, as many stockroom items are cumbersome and heavy
  • Experience working in a fast-paced sales environment while maintaining attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain a high level of physical exertion for extended periods and working primarily while standing
  • Experience with software such as Microsoft Excel and other company spreadsheet programs
  • Typing and record keeping skills essential to maintaining accurate information for managers and supervisors regarding stockroom inventory
  • Ability to problem solve quickly and prioritize daily tasks according to their importance
  • Personal accountability and integrity are essential, as a stock clerk has access to valuable inventory
  • Experience working safely with stockroom ladders and tools is preferred
  • Interpersonal skills are essential, as working as a team is vital to maintaining an organized stockroom
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.2 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Stock Clerk Salaries

Average Base Pay

$33,208 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$25K
Median: $33K
$44K
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Stock Clerk Career Path

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L2
Stock Clerk
$33,208/yr
L3
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
26%
2 - 4
7%
5 - 7
0%
8+
67%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Stock Clerk Insights

Read what Stock Clerk professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
TJ MaxxTJ Maxx
Backroom Associate
Jan 31, 2022

“Not the best pay and not enough devices for everyone to do their jobs effectively.”

WalmartWalmart
Overnight Stocker
Jul 4, 2021

“There is a ton of pressure to work quickly and I actually ended up injuring my leg because of it.”

Harris TeeterHarris Teeter
Stocker
May 16, 2022

“Fun place to work and the salary is above average relative to the job responsibility.”

B&M RetailB&M Retail
Replenishment Associate
Jun 21, 2022

“Great way to gain experiences of the world of work and a way to make friends.”

AllsecAllsec
Good Organisation
Jun 23, 2020

“We will get a good career growth for both fresher and experienced person in this environment for sure.”

Sam's ClubSam's Club
Merchandise and Stocking Associate
Jan 2, 2022

“Best part has been the simpleness of the work I do and the great people that I work with.”

NIKENIKE
Stock Boy
Feb 8, 2022

“it was a part time job so the pay was not the best but not the worst”

Vanquish WorldwideVanquish Worldwide
Supply Clerk
Mar 4, 2022

“The pay is great I was making the same as I was when I was in the Army”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Stock Clerk

When working as a Stock Clerk, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are No High School, Excellent Customer Service, English Language, Effective Communication and Dexterity.

The most similar professions to Stock Clerk are:
  • Stocker
  • Stock Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Sales Representative

The most common qualifications to become a Stock Clerk 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.

Related Careers

Stocker
$35,544
38% skills overlap
Stock Manager
$33,720
Business Development Manager
$71,568
No skills overlap
Sales Representative
$45,695
13% skills overlap

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