Any merchandise purchased in a store or online makes it way through a warehouse. That merchandise is moved through the facility by order pullers and sent to the store or directly to a customer’s home. These facilities are also commonly called distribution or fulfillment centers.

More than two million American workers were order fillers in 2016. One third of them worked part-time. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics order fillers are warehouse workers who receive, unpack, and track merchandise. In 2016 the typical order filler earned a median hourly wage of $11.46 or the equivalent median annual salary of $23,840.

Forklift operation in a warehouse
Forklift operation in a warehouse

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, warehouse employment is expected to grow at the same rate as the national average between 2016 and 2026. Based on this information, there should be a projected 270,000 additional warehouse jobs in 2026.

There are a variety of jobs, with numerous titles, in the warehouse industry such as fulfillment associate, fulfillment representative, order picker, order puller, and warehouse associate. It is often standard to use a handheld RFID scanner to check in items. Order fillers are also expected to inspect packages for damage, as well as retrieve, prepare and ship customers' orders to their destination.

Below are five companies (Amazon, Home Depot, Staples, Target, and Walmart) that employee thousands of warehouse workers at hundreds of locations all across the United States. No matter where you live there is a very good chance that one of these companies is hiring in a location near you. Every company on the list offers a variety of benefits as well as employee discounts.

Whether you are looking for easy part time jobs or picking up a new full time warehouse job these companies have plenty to offer.

Amazon

Currently there are over 70 Amazon fulfillment centers located throughout the United States. As one of the largest retailers in the world they are continually hiring for full-time, seasonal, and seasonal on call jobs. Every location offers a variety of job opportunities. Amazon provides extensive training to all of their employees and boasts one of the safest work environments in the industry.

Amazon website on Samsung phone
Amazon website on Samsung phone

Benefits:
Health care benefits "starting day one," a 401(k) with company match, paid time off, flexible schedules for students, maternity and parental leave, and holiday and overtime pay.

Current Amazon Warehouse Jobs Hiring Now

Home Depot

Home Depot has thousands of job opportunities available in over 70 warehouses across the United States. These locations distribute merchandise to more than 2,000 stores. Associates in both locations are responsible for loading and unloading shipments or pulling orders for online customers. Knowing how to operate a forklift would be beneficial. However they also provide training. Home Depot also offers employees performance based raises.

Paint cans on the shelf of a hardware store
Paint cans on the shelf of a hardware store

Benefits:
medical, dental, and vision plans; a 401(k) and stock purchase plan; tuition reimbursement; vacation and other time off.

Current Home Depot Warehouse Jobs Hiring Now

Staples

Staples is constantly hiring warehouse associates to work in their 30 warehouses across the country. Associates might operate machinery while moving physical inventories or performing housekeeping tasks in the warehouse. These employees are also responsible for getting products from the distribution center to stores and customers' homes or businesses.

Business Office
Business Office

Benefits:
health, disability, and life insurance; mental health, legal, and financial counseling; adoption assistance; a 401(k); and paid time off.

Target

Target has 39 distribution centers across the country that need full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees. These warehouse workers move and manage inventory, receive and process freight, and load items onto trucks to be shipped to stores or fulfill customer’s online purchases.

Shopper at Target store
Shopper at Target store

Benefits:
medical insurance; dental, vision, and prescription drug coverage; "well-being education;" a 401(k); tuition and GED reimbursement; and parental leave.

Current Target Warehouse Jobs Hiring Now

Walmart

Walmart has 150 distribution centers across the country. This is the largest number of warehouses on this list. These facilities send merchandise to stores,  customers' homes, and Sam’s Club members-only warehouse. These facilities are constantly hiring loaders to maintain freight flow; order fillers to label shipments, process orders, and stack freight; and processors to label shipments, manage freight deliveries and maintain receiving equipment.

Shopping carts at Walmart
Shopping carts at Walmart

Benefits:
health insurance to employees and dependents, vision and dental plans, educational assistance, and a 401(k) and stock options.

Current Walmart Warehouse Jobs Hiring Now

What It’s Like to Be an Order Filler

Order fillers are expected to move quickly and work efficiently. These facilities are typically open 24/7. Employees are needed for day and evening shifts as well as third shift and weekends. This is a job for high energy individuals.

Most shifts are 10-12 hours long. Order pullers and other warehouse employees are constantly on their feet. They may be in one place sorting orders or moving inventory around the facility. It is standard to be expected to lift heavy items weighing up to 70 pounds. Warehouses are very loud and busy work environments. For these reasons these jobs typically provide safety training and personal protection equipment (PPE) like gloves, safety glasses, and ear plugs.

Warehouses are huge facilities which makes it difficult to control the climate. Depending on the location and the products in the facility it may be very hot or extremely cold in the warehouse. A tow motor operator may shift frequently between the warehouse and the outdoor loading areas. An employee may be required to frequently enter a refrigerated unit to pull product for shipments. It is important to dress appropriately for your position. Most warehouses have fairly flexible dress codes, allowing employees to stay happy and comfortable, as long as they meet safety standards.