Shipping/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/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/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
$38k
Traffic technician
2.6
$49k
Customs broker
2.6
$75k
Butcher
2.6
$36k
Exterminator
2.5
$38k
Shipping/Receiving clerk
2.4
$37k
Food server
2.4
$26k
Garbage collector
2.4
$38k
Vehicle cleaner
2.4
$29k

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

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

Are shipping/receiving clerks happy with their salary?

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

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

2.6 out of 5 stars

1850 shipping/receiving clerks

5 Star
6%

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

4 Star
20%

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

3 Star
26%

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

2 Star
26%

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

1 Star
21%

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

Do shipping/receiving clerks find their jobs meaningful?

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

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

1.9 out of 5 stars

1850 shipping/receiving clerks

5 Star
3%

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

4 Star
6%

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

3 Star
16%

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

2 Star
28%

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

1 Star
48%

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

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

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

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

3.3 out of 5 stars

1956 shipping/receiving clerks

5 Star
17%

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

4 Star
31%

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

3 Star
29%

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

2 Star
13%

13% of shipping/receiving clerks rated their career fit 2 stars

1 Star
10%

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

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

As a whole, shipping/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/receiving clerks how much they enjoyed their work environment.
Their response was:

3.0 out of 5 stars

1962 shipping/receiving clerks

5 Star
11%

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

4 Star
26%

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

3 Star
28%

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

2 Star
19%

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

1 Star
15%

15% of shipping/receiving clerks rated their work environment 1 stars

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

Former shipping/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/receiving clerk.

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

2.2 out of 5 stars

1963 shipping/receiving clerks

5 Star
6%

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

4 Star
9%

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

3 Star
21%

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

2 Star
29%

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

1 Star
35%

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