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Manufacturing and Warehouse Work: Roles, Duties, and Pay

Veryable Editorial Team
July 8, 2021
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There are tons of opportunities right now in manufacturing and warehousing. Maybe you’ve thought about expanding your resume into these areas of work, but you didn’t know how to get started, or whether it would be worth your time.

Your hard work will definitely pay off in manufacturing and logistics. Working in these types of roles is not a day at the beach, but you can end the day knowing you made something or moved something one step closer to a happy customer.

Most of the time, the jobs are fast-paced and require that you be on your feet all day. There may be heavy lifting involved, and you will probably leave at the end of the day feeling like you’ve had a great workout from all the walking and other physical activities.

At Veryable, we provide a platform for workers to find work with local manufacturing and logistics businesses and make their own schedules. We’re sharing what we’ve learned about common roles in these companies with you, so that you can see for yourself if the work is something you’d like to do.

In this article, you’ll learn about the opportunities available in manufacturing and logistics, how much you can expect to earn, and how to get started.


Manufacturing work: roles, duties, and pay

Working in manufacturing can be extremely rewarding, as you are creating new products from raw materials, and/or assembling a final product that will eventually be in the hands of a customer. You could even find yourself working at one of your favorite brand’s facilities! 


Common roles in manufacturing work

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There are many different positions within manufacturing that could interest you:
At the entry-level, roles include:
  • Production Assembler
  • Production Assistant
  • Woodworker
  • Baker
  • Material Handler
These roles pay a range from $15.71 to $18.61 per hour depending on your skills, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Performing well and learning on the job will prepare you for more specialized roles and even higher pay.


Advanced roles in manufacturing work

skilled manufacturing worker focused while operating machinery in us manufacturing facility
Once you’ve acquired higher-level skills, common roles in manufacturing include: 
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Machinist
  • Welder
  • Millwright
These roles typically pay between $21.16 to $28.37 per hour, according to the BLS. The key to working in one of these roles is finding an area of the industry that you enjoy, sticking with it, and honing your skills to get to the level necessary for these highly skilled positions.


Warehouse work: roles, duties, and pay

Now, let’s take a look at positions in the Warehouse industry. The roles are similar to manufacturing, but may not include creating new products from scratch. Tasks are usually repetitive, and just like manufacturing, if you work on developing your skills you can move up to higher positions.


Common roles in warehouse work

Starting out, positions in warehousing include: 
  • Material Handler
  • Warehouse Clerk
  • Warehouse Associate
  • Order Picker
  • Order Packer
Generally, these positions can start anywhere between $14.48 and $17.80 per hour. Sticking with it and learning as much on the job as possible will tee you up for some higher-skilled positions.


Advanced roles in warehouse work

Advanced roles in a warehouse usually include managing a team, but there are also some that will just require special licenses or training and certifications before you can begin. These can be:
  • Forklift Operator
  • Stocker/Order Filler
  • Machine Operator/Assistant
  • Quality Inspector
These roles typically pay between $17.33 and $21.44 per hour. If you work your way into a full-time position as a supervisor or manager, you could earn an even higher wage or salary.


How to get started working in manufacturing or logistics

We’ve talked a bit now about what kind of roles are available, but how do you get started? There are plenty of part-time and full-time positions available for employment, and a quick search online for any of the roles mentioned above should give you a rough idea of what is available in your area.

However, traditional full-time employment or even part-time work isn’t for everyone. Some people are looking for more flexibility in their schedule and control over where they work and what they do.

If you’re looking for a great way to try out those entry-level roles in manufacturing and logistics, while choosing where to work each time and making your own schedule, Veryable is a great way to get started.

Learn how you can find manufacturing and warehouse work today to earn money now. Take control of your income and your future by choosing the work you want, when you want it. Make your own schedule, choose which companies to work at, and get paid the next business day after each work opportunity.

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