Material Handler Salary

Material Handlers in the United States take home approximately $13.71 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Material Handlers bottoms out near $22K and approaches $45K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $3K from bonuses and almost $4K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by the particular city and years of experience. A fair number enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The vast majority (82 percent) of Material Handlers who answered the questionnaire are male. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,385 - $55,398
$23K
$34K
$55K
MEDIAN: $33,996
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$10.33 - $18.70
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$23,385 - $55,398  
   
Bonus
$255.32 - $3,466  
Profit Sharing
$20.61 - $4,357  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$22,373 - $44,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.33 - $18.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.82  
Overtime
$15.07 - $27.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$255.32 - $3,466  
   
Profit Sharing
$20.61 - $4,357  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$22,373 - $44,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,662

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Job Description for Material Handler

Material handlers work in warehouses and other merchandise distribution points. They frequently move products to where they are needed most, whether that be from the production line to storage areas or from storage areas to shipment points for delivery to customers.

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Material Handler Tasks

  • Inspect documents that are present from external suppliers.
  • Perform filling work orders in a timely manner.
  • Maintain inventory management of the sub-inventory.
  • Call vendors for pick ups or returns.
  • Perform packaging, handling, transportation and other related shipping duties.

Common Career Paths for Material Handler


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Though not the most common occurrence, Material Handlers sometimes become Operations Managers, where the average income is $59K per year. Material Handlers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Manufacturing Production Planners or Production Supervisors. The median paychecks in those roles are $19K higher and $20K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Material Handler


Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), XPO Logistics, McKesson Corp., Frito-Lay, Inc., and Eaton Corporation are all popular places to work. Halliburton Energy Services offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $49K. Material Handlers can also look forward to large paychecks at Frito-Lay, Inc. ($40K), Johnson Controls Inc ($38K), and Quad/Graphics Inc ($38K).

Other low-paying employers include Alro Steel Corporation at $27K and XPO Logistics at $27K, though some Material Handlers there earn up to $43K.

Popular Skills for Material Handler


Material Handlers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Logistics, Inventory Management, SAP Materials Management, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Fork lift, forklift driver, and forklift. Most people experienced in Inventory Control also know Inventory Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Material Handler

Pay by Experience for a Material Handler has a positive trend. An entry-level Material Handler with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 1,636 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Material Handler with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 687 salaries. An experienced Material Handler which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 604 salaries. A Material Handler with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 215 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,631

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Material Handlers, 19 percent higher than the national average. Material Handlers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+13 percent), Portland (+9 percent), Milwaukee (+4 percent), and Cincinnati (+1 percent). Charlotte is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Workers in Memphis and Richmond earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

Material Handler Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Material Handler?

Material Handler in San Diego:
"It's a good company."
Pros: I like that there is no push to make you get your job done. You are not held to a specific rate for each job you are to complete. And I also like that overtime is all voluntary even weekend overtime.
Cons: The supervisor does not speak English very well and he always gets frustrated when you don't understand him. Also he picks out the bad things about the way you do your job, even if you get it done perfectly find and right, he still find something you are doing that is wrong to him.

Material Handler in Petersburg:
"Great company horrible employees."
Pros: Great management. Incentive pay is good during summer season. Employee recognition is great.
Cons: Certain coworkers tend not to show up whenever they don't feel like it and still are employed.

Material Handler in Cincinnati:
"The best job I ever..."
Pros: I get paid for preparing material for hot dip galvanizing. Hanging items on a over head rack which carries material for processing. Great work.
Cons: This author does not have any bad experiences for this job. If this author would have found this position earlier in life, many dead end jobs could have been prevented.

Material Handler in Irving:
Pros: The hours. I'm my own boss. Only answer to one person. Do things as I see fit. Running my warehouse day to day. Get to work with other people in different positions at my job.
Cons: I currently have no help. Have a lot of stress to get things done on time. Having to take care of things for other people on top of what I already have to do.

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Key Stats for Material Handler

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 391 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Material Handler Salaries

▲20%

▲11%

▲2%

National Average
$31,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Material Handler Salaries

▲10%



▲4%


▲3%



▲3%

▲2%

National Average
$31,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼1%


▼7%

forklift driver
▼12%

Fork lift
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 391 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 18%
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