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Career Profile: Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping

Weigh, measure, and check materials, supplies, and equipment for the purpose of keeping relevant records. Duties are primarily clerical by nature. Includes workers who collect and keep record of samples of products or materials.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 59,100 people employed as weighers, measurers, checkers, and samplers, recordkeeping in the United States. The median annual salary is $36,700. Entry level employees earn approximately $26,130 per year and senior employees earn approximately $52,100 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Compute product totals and charges for shipments.
  • Fill orders for products and samples, following order tickets, and forward or mail items.
  • Operate scalehouse computers to obtain weight information about incoming shipments such as those from waste haulers.
  • Sort products or materials into predetermined sequences or groupings for display, packing, shipping, or storage.
  • Transport materials, products, or samples to processing, shipping, or storage areas, manually or using conveyors, pumps, or hand trucks.
  • Prepare measurement tables and conversion charts, using standard formulas.
  • Unload or unpack incoming shipments.
  • Document quantity, quality, type, weight, test result data, and value of materials or products to maintain shipping, receiving, and production records and files.
  • Weigh or measure materials, equipment, or products to maintain relevant records, using volume meters, scales, rules, or calipers.
  • Collect or prepare measurement, weight, or identification labels and attach them to products.
  • Examine products or materials, parts, subassemblies, and packaging for damage, defects, or shortages, using specification sheets, gauges, and standards charts.
  • Signal or instruct other workers to weigh, move, or check products.
  • Collect product samples and prepare them for laboratory analysis or testing.
  • Maintain, monitor, and clean work areas, such as recycling collection sites, drop boxes, counters and windows, and areas around scale houses.
  • Compare product labels, tags, or tickets, shipping manifests, purchase orders, and bills of lading to verify accuracy of shipment contents, quality specifications, or weights.
  • Remove from stock products or loads not meeting quality standards, and notify supervisors or appropriate departments of discrepancies or shortages.
  • Inspect products and examination records to determine the number of defects per worker and the reasons for examiners' rejections.
  • Store samples of finished products in labeled cartons and record their location.
  • Maintain financial records, such as accounts of daily collections and billings, and records of receipts issued.
  • Inspect incoming loads of waste to identify contents and to screen for the presence of specific regulated or hazardous wastes.
  • Count or estimate quantities of materials, parts, or products received or shipped.
  • Communicate with customers and vendors to exchange information regarding products, materials, and services.

Career List

Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
59,100
Annual Openings:
6,500
Increase in Openings by 2030:
11%
Annual Salary Range:
$26,130 - $52,100
Education Requirements:
High school diploma