Shipping and receiving clerks are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, shipping and receiving clerks rate their career happiness 2.4 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 4% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy shipping and receiving clerks are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Delivery service driver
2.6
$15k
Butcher
2.6
$13k
Exterminator
2.5
$43k
Teller
2.5
$19k
Maitre d'
2.5
$1k
Shipping and receiving clerk
2.4
$20k
Food server
2.4
$5k
Postal service worker
2.4
$27k
Garbage collector
2.4
$15k
Vehicle cleaner
2.4
$9k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are shipping and receiving clerks happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do shipping and receiving clerks find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as shipping and receiving clerks?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are shipping and receiving clerk’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are shipping and receiving clerks making the best use of their abilities?

Are shipping and receiving clerks happy with their salary?

Shipping and receiving clerks rated their satisfaction with their salaries 2.6/5. Shipping and receiving clerks tend to be quite unhappy with their salary, with very few reporting satisfaction with their pay.

We asked shipping and receiving clerks how fairly compensated they are for their work.
Their response was:

2.6 out of 5 stars

1849 shipping and receiving clerks

5 Star
6%

6% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their compensation 5 stars

4 Star
20%

20% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their compensation 4 stars

3 Star
26%

26% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their compensation 3 stars

2 Star
26%

26% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their compensation 2 stars

1 Star
21%

21% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their compensation 1 stars

Do shipping and receiving clerks find their jobs meaningful?

On average, shipping and receiving clerks rate the meaningfulness of their work a 1.9/5. The majority of shipping and receiving clerks struggle to find any sort of meaning in their work, likely resulting in less satisfaction with the career overall.

We asked shipping and receiving clerks how meaningful they found their work.
Their response was:

1.9 out of 5 stars

1849 shipping and receiving clerks

5 Star
3%

3% of shipping and receiving clerks rated how meaningful they found their career 5 stars

4 Star
6%

6% of shipping and receiving clerks rated how meaningful they found their career 4 stars

3 Star
16%

16% of shipping and receiving clerks rated how meaningful they found their career 3 stars

2 Star
28%

28% of shipping and receiving clerks rated how meaningful they found their career 2 stars

1 Star
48%

48% of shipping and receiving clerks rated how meaningful they found their career 1 stars

How well are people’s personalities suited to everyday tasks as shipping and receiving clerks?

Shipping and receiving clerks rated their personality fit with their work an average of 3.3/5. The majority of shipping and receiving clerks don’t see personality fit as a hinderence in their career.

We asked shipping and receiving clerks how well their personalities fit into their careers.
Their response was:

3.3 out of 5 stars

1955 shipping and receiving clerks

5 Star
17%

17% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their career fit 5 stars

4 Star
31%

31% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their career fit 4 stars

3 Star
29%

29% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their career fit 3 stars

2 Star
14%

14% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
10%

10% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their career fit 1 stars

How enjoyable is a shipping and receiving clerk’s work environment?

As a whole, shipping and receiving clerks rated their enjoyment of their work environment 3.0/5. Most of them tend to enjoy, or at least not be actively bothered by, their work environment.

We asked shipping and receiving clerks how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.0 out of 5 stars

1961 shipping and receiving clerks

5 Star
11%

11% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their work environment 5 stars

4 Star
26%

26% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their work environment 4 stars

3 Star
28%

28% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their work environment 3 stars

2 Star
19%

19% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their work environment 2 stars

1 Star
16%

16% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their work environment 1 stars

Are shipping and receiving clerks making the best use of their abilities?

Former shipping and receiving clerks on CareerExplorer have rated their skills utilization 2.2/5. Most feel that their skills are being underutilized in the career, probably leading to more general dissatisfaction with being a shipping and receiving clerk.

We asked shipping and receiving clerks how well their abilities were used in their careers.
Their response was:

2.2 out of 5 stars

1962 shipping and receiving clerks

5 Star
6%

6% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 5 stars

4 Star
9%

9% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 4 stars

3 Star
21%

21% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 3 stars

2 Star
29%

29% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 2 stars

1 Star
35%

35% of shipping and receiving clerks rated their how well their skills were utilized in their career 1 stars