Stocker Job Description

Receive, store, and issue materials, equipment, and other items from stockroom, warehouse, or storage yard. Keep records and compile stock reports.

Stockers play a vital role in a retail store by ensuring shelves are constantly full of merchandise for sale in a presentable fashion with accurate prices. This process typically starts in the backroom or warehouse where inventory is received, unpacked, scanned and organized before placement on the sales floor. Once the merchandise is prepared, stockers are often responsible for transporting / carting it to the sales floor and neatly placing it in the proper location ensuring accurate prices. Depending on store procedures and the type of merchandise involved, a stocker may need to follow restock reports, understand safe food handling requirements and adhere to product rotation and facing standards. Upon completion, stockers typically head back to the backroom or warehouse to ensure the area is clean and organized for the next delivery.

Stocker jobs typically enjoy more flexible schedules than most other retail positions with shifts ranging from early morning to overnight positions. For those shifts occurring during business hours, stockers do spend time in a visible place in the store and are responsible for providing customer service and assisting shoppers locate items on the sales floor.

Stocker Skills and Abilities

  • Basic English literacy and math skills
  • Detail-oriented with the ability to follow written and verbal instructions
  • Ability to lift, carry, push and pull items, dollies and carts weighing 50+ lbs.
  • Ability to walk, stand, bend, stoop or kneel for long periods of time
  • Near vision and manual dexterity
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule

Wages & Employment Trends

  • Employment: 2 million +
  • Average hourly wage: $7.91 to $14.15 depending on geographic location
  • Median wage: $11.77 hourly, $24,470 annually
  • Projected growth rate: 5% to 9%

Similar Titles

Stock Clerk, Stockroom Attendant, Night Stocker, Retail Associate, Store Clerk, Checker/Stocker, Receiver, Merchandiser, Team Member, Backroom Associate

Potential Career Paths for Stockers

While it’s no surprise that the most common career path for a stocker is retail management where wages can almost double, it is noteworthy that some carve a path into a skilled trade such as forklift driver, welder or warehouse supervisor.


You Will Likely Enjoy Being a Stocker, If….

Often times, reading a job description, understanding the responsibilities of the position and meeting the requirements are not truly indicative of what it’s actually like to do the job. So, our friends at O*Net Online have profiled the characteristics of people who enjoy and excel working as a stocker. The results provide a pretty accurate guideline to help determine what you like to do. Accordingly, those who enjoy working as a stocker are typically:

Conventional – enjoy following set procedures and routines with a clear line of authority to follow. For example, many stores will have set restock procedures that involve printing out a restock report, picking identified merchandise from the backroom, moving it to the sales floor and accurately placing and facing the merchandise in the appropriate location.

Realistic – enjoy work activities that frequently include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. Further, those with Realistic interests tend to enjoy more physical positions. For example, a stocker may be asked to compare actual inventory received compared to the packing slip and identify and report discrepancies.

Enterprising – enjoy starting up and carrying out projects. Further those with Enterprising interests have the capacity to lead other people, and make decisions based on risk and reward, often in the context of business. Stockers are sometimes faced with making decisions on where to group certain merchandise based on the type of inventory, sales reports and which product, based on the information on-hand, will sell the best.

Relationships – enjoy work that allow for providing service to others and working with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Obvious examples here are assisting customers while on the sales floor (assuming your shift is during business hours) and working cohesively with other team members to ensure merchandise is received, unpacked, scanned, organized and placed on the sales floor according to store procedures.

Support – enjoy work where you feel supportive management is standing behind their employees. Because company policies, amount of supervision and company procedures vary from store to store, it’s tough to provide an example here. However, before accepting a job, we recommend reviewing the vast array of employer reviews available on the internet to better understand if they offer an adequate level of support.

Independence – enjoy the ability to work on your own and make decisions. While there are aspects of being a stocker that involve working as part of a team, there are others that involve working independently. For example, a teammate may have scanned all the merchandise, while another organized it and passes the baton to you to cart it to the sales floor for placement.

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