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How much do warehouse workers make? Pay insights and more

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average warehouse job paid $23.95 an hour in September 2023 

Here’s a breakdown of the median warehouse pay rates by occupation: 

However, to provide a more complete answer to the question, ‘how much do warehouse workers make?it’s important to know the biggest factors that influence the average pay for a warehouse worker.

What influences how much warehouse jobs pay? 

 1. What hours and days you work.  

The average warehouse employee works about 41 hours a week. They can often earn beyond their base pay due to:

  • Overtime pay: Because warehouse associates are often paid an hourly rate, they are usually compensated one-and-a-half times their base rate when they work overtime.
  • Holiday pay: Some warehouses offer a premium pay rate for hours worked during company holidays.
  • Shift differential: Associates who work second, third or weekend shifts often get a higher pay rate.

2. How much industry experience you have. 

Warehouse associates typically earn higher pay the longer they are in the industry. Someone who has years of experience with warehousing, shipping or receiving work will usually receive a higher starting wage than someone with little to no prior warehouse experience.

 3. Your tenure at a company. 

Many employers will provide pay increases the longer a warehouse associate stays at the company. Warehouse workers who demonstrate an expert level of knowledge and safety when performing their job may even be promoted to senior-level roles.  

Plus, associates with the right skills and leadership abilities can often find even more opportunities to earn more by advancing into a leadership or management position.

 4. Where you live. 

Where you live can impact how much you make as a warehouse associate. Schneider’s pay rates, for example, are market-driven, meaning warehouse locations have different pay rates based on the cost of labor in each geographical region.

5. Who you work for.

Some companies offer other forms of compensation that help employees pay for healthcare, save for retirement and take time off work when needed.

Some of the benefits Schneider offers, for example, include:

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance.
  • Paid holidays and paid time off.
  • 401(k) with company match.
  • Tuition reimbursement program.
  • Military benefits.

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