12 warehouse job titles (with primary duties and salaries)

Updated 14 August 2023

Industrial companies usually have various job opportunities. Some of these may even be roles that you had never thought of or considered before. Exploring the career options in this field may help you determine a position that best suits you. In this article, we learn about the many warehouse job titles and list the average salary for each.

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12 warehouse job titles

These warehouse job titles could appeal to you depending on the stage of your career. Some require more specialised qualifications and others you can do with GCSEs or A-Levels. Here are 12 warehouse job titles that you could pursue:

1. Stocker

National average salary: £17,672 per year

Primary duties: A stocker in a warehouse is responsible for receiving the deliveries entering the warehouse, organising the contents and stacking them away for storage. You may have an inventory of all the products you receive so you can determine which ones have arrived. Similarly, you could use software for this process or create a manual list. If the warehouse connects to a store, part of your job could also be to ensure that the displays in the store are filled with products. Stockers typically only require secondary school education.

2. Material handler

National average salary: £10.70 per hour

Primary duties: A material handler moves products within a warehouse. This could be putting them away for storage from the loading area. This could also be selecting items from storage places, wrapping them and preparing them for delivery. A material hander may check items to ensure that there is no damage before accepting an order or sending them out for delivery. The products could be either hazardous of non-hazardous depending on the organisation and warehouse.

A material handler typically requires secondary school education but not higher. Understanding safety procedures and possessing basic maths and computer literacy could help you as a material handler.

3. Loader

National average salary: £10.09 per hour

Primary duties: A loader in a warehouse is responsible for preparing outgoing deliveries and shipments by helping load delivery trucks. This job typically comes with a requirement for organisation and self management since a loader would check the contents of the delivery and make sure it fits the requirements of the customer. This may involve directing the forklift operator so they can load the delivery truck effectively. Loaders don't typically require more than secondary school education.

4. Warehouse assistant

National average salary: £10.23 per hour

Primary duties: A warehouse assistant helps move stock around a warehouse, monitoring the stock levels and quality. This could include organising stock and placing it in the correct location for storage. If a warehouse assistant notices any stock missing or damaged items, they can report it to a supervisor or manager. Warehouse assistants may process any incoming stock from the deliveries into the warehouse. They may also pick and pack orders for the stock when a customer needs a delivery.

Beyond secondary education, a warehouse assistant doesn't typically need any further qualifications. Some warehouse assistants also operate forklift trucks. This requires the necessary training, as with a forklift operator.

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5. Forklift operator

National average salary: £11.10 per hour

Primary duties: A forklift operator is responsible for using the forklift trucks in a warehouse. You could transport palettes and other packaged goods around the warehouse for storage or make deliveries for a customer. You may unload deliveries when they arrive at the warehouse or load deliveries for clients.

A forklift operator usually requires a forklift licence to operate within a warehouse. You could take the forklift licence outside of working for an organisation but this would mean taking on the cost yourself. Many organisations pay to train staff to operate a forklift. Aside from a forklift operating licence and understanding safety procedures, you don't typically require more qualifications to be a forklift operator.

6. Inventory associate

National average salary: £21,549 per year

Primary duties: An inventory associate is responsible for knowing the current stock levels in a warehouse. They may use software to know and manage the stock levels. Part of the inventory associate job could be ordering more stock when the levels drop below the required amount for the warehouse. You may also do periodic physical counts of the stock to ensure that the records on your database are correct. As an inventory associate, you don't typically need any qualifications beyond secondary education. A number of soft skills like being analytical and being good at organisation could help in this job.

7. Delivery driver

National average salary: £9.56 per hour

Primary duties: A delivery driver makes the deliveries between the warehouse and the customer's address. As a delivery driver, you may check off deliveries as the forklift driver, loader and distribution supervisor make sure the delivery loads well and has all the necessary products. Having good customer interaction skills could improve your work as you usually communicate with customers about the delivery and other details such as where to unload it.

The qualifications that you need to be a delivery driver depend on the size of the deliveries. If you drive a van, you may not need a licence beyond your driver's licence. If you drive a lorry, you need to train and get a heavy goods vehicle licence.

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8. Distribution supervisor

National average salary: £28,479 per year

Primary duties: A distribution supervisor is responsible for making sure that all areas of distribution are efficient and effective. Distribution is all about getting products to customers and includes item selection, loading, deliveries and customer service. A distribution supervisor ensures that everyone in the distribution team works well so you have maximum customer satisfaction. It is possible to be a distribution supervisor by accumulating enough experience within a company. It is also possible to take a distribution supervisor course at a college, either online or in person. A company may pay for this course if they need a qualified distribution supervisor.

9. Warehouse manager

National average salary: £28,479 per year

Primary duties: A warehouse manager manages the staff and operations that occur within a warehouse. This could include managing the equipment to ensure that it is safe and of good quality. You could also manage the staff members, checking on their progress in work that you assign them and making sure their morale and happiness is up. You could work to improve the efficiency of the warehouse by introducing new and innovative methods and ensure that the warehouse and staff comply with safety measures. A warehouse manager could have an undergraduate degree or work up through an organisation.

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10. Machine operator

National average salary: £10.16 per hour

Primary duties: A machine operator is responsible for the machinery found in a warehouse. This includes setting up, operating and maintaining the machinery. The setting up stage of the job could include calibrating the machines, checking if they charged overnight and adding fuel to them if required. Your job may also involve inspecting machines to make sure they work at optimal efficiency and making small repairs if they break. Machine operators typically don't require more than secondary school education but having a technical qualification could help. Additionally, experience of working with similar machinery could improve your understanding of it.

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11. Quality assurance manager

National average salary: £40,317 per year

Primary duties: A quality assurance manager works to improve the quality of the standards within an organisation. This means working with staff members to make sure that they work to their highest ability to bring the customer the best service and products they can. This can in part be an employee facing role with requirements to encourage and motivate employees. Another area of the job may be writing reports to explain instances or trends in customer consumption. A quality assurance manager typically requires an undergraduate degree alongside experience in the field and soft skills, including critical thinking and analysis.

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12. Logistics manager

National average salary: £40,380 per year

Primary duties: A logistics manager organises deliveries, both incoming and outgoing, of a warehouse. Your work could include organising the storage of goods within the warehouse. You could ensure your staff deliver the correct products to the right customer on time. Having good organisational skills could help when working as a logistics manager so you can manage deliveries well and ensure that customers receive their products on time without damage. Many logistics managers have an undergraduate degree in a business related subject, including economics and management.

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