What does a Receive Associate do?

A receiver handles the receiving of items in a warehouse or backroom of a store, and ensures that the shipments are inspected, sorted and stored in the warehouse or stocked on shelves as needed. They need to keep up with invoices to make sure orders are correct. Receivers will monitor shelves to restock as needed and place orders for both inventory and shipping supplies when they are low.

To work as a receiver, the only education you need is a high school diploma. You can receive the training you need on the job. As a receiver, you need to have strong communication and organizational skills. You must be able to use computer software, mainly shipment tracking software to monitor shipments. You must be able to meet the physical requirements of this job such as bending, lifting heavy boxes and operating machinery.

What responsibilities are common for Receive Associate jobs?
  • Receive shipments, check for damages and sort stock for distribution in the store
  • Keep record of invoices sent and received
  • Fill orders by taking items from the warehouse and prepare them for delivery
  • Monitor shelves and fill them in when needed
  • Keep up with the movement of merchandise in the store and warehouse
  • Read planograms and set up store displays or rearrange merchandise according to them to maximize sales
  • Place orders with suppliers when inventory is low and also order packing and shipping supplies when needed
  • Contact supplier and resolve any shipping issues
What are the typical qualifications for Receive Associate jobs?
  • Must be able to bend and lift heavy boxes
  • Fluent in English
  • Ability to read planograms and set up merchandise and displays accordingly
  • Well-organized, able to multitask but also attentive to detail
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to think quickly and resolve issues
  • Strong leadership skills to manage and motivate receiving employees and train new employees
  • Knowledgeable in shipping management and transaction software, as well as MS Office
  • Ability to operate forklifts, overhead cranes and similar equipment
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 year

How much does a Receive Associate make?

$50,705 /yr
Total Pay

Base Pay


Additional Pay


 / yr
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
See More Insights

Receive Associate Career Path

Learn how to become a Receive Associate, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Associate Receiver
Lead Receiver

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7
Not including years spent in education and/or training
See Career Path

Receive Associate Insights

Read what Receive Associate professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Rice Resource TechnologiesRice Resource Technologies
Feb 17, 2022

“The pay is pretty rough and it's based on what you negotiate when you get hired.”

Fisher BartonFisher Barton
Shipping and Receiving
Mar 17, 2020

“Management doesn’t see how much I actually do and not compensated as much as I feel I deserve.”

Dec 8, 2021

“The pay is great and job duties it self is amazing but your going to have to work for the money.”

At HomeAt Home
Shipping and Receiving Lead
Oct 25, 2021

“The team is way underpaid so the quality of the personnel you get is not that great.”

Steico IndustriesSteico Industries
Jan 24, 2021

“Yearly reviews with pay raise based on your review but don't expect dollar raises.”

Turn 14 DistributionTurn 14 Distribution
Shipping and Receiving
Nov 19, 2021

“Management is a bit rude with unrealistic expectations based on what you’re given to work with.”

Sprouts Farmers MarketSprouts Farmers Market
Oct 9, 2020

“Not enough resources or support is given to receiving to do their myriad of job responsibilities properly.”

The Pond GuyThe Pond Guy
Shipping and Receiving
Nov 10, 2021

“Everyone I work with is so great and helpful.”

See More

Receive Associate Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Receive Associate

When working as a Receive Associate, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Load Unload, Exceptional Communication, Strong WORK Ethic, Attention To Detail, and English Language.

The most similar professions to Receive Associate are:
  • Packer
  • Material Handler
  • Forklift Operator
  • Warehouse Worker

Related Careers

38% skills overlap
Material Handler
38% skills overlap
Forklift Operator
63% skills overlap
Warehouse Worker
38% skills overlap

Receive Associate Jobs