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Material Handler Salary

Average Material Handlers in the United States make around $13.30 per hour. Pay generally varies between $10.00 per hour and $17.99. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and tenure are driving factors as well. The vast majority of Material Handlers (86 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,533 - $51,213
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$51K
MEDIAN: $34,609
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$10.00 - $17.99
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,533 - $51,213  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,253  
Profit Sharing
$59.18 - $4,055  
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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$21,336 - $42,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $17.99  
   
Overtime
$14.38 - $26.97  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,253  
   
Profit Sharing
$59.18 - $4,055  
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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$21,336 - $42,308  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,812

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Material Handler


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Material Handlers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Manufacturing Production Planner. The average Manufacturing Production Planner brings home $49K per year. Given that the median pay is $28K, it may be surprising to find that a Forklift Operator is the most common role for Material Handlers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Warehouse Manager role — which pays $42K — is also typical for Material Handlers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Material Handler


The biggest paychecks can be found at Halliburton Energy Services — the median salary there is $37K.

McKesson Corp. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $28K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $42K.

Popular Skills for Material Handler


Material Handlers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, Inventory Management, forklift driver, and Shipping are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Fork lift, Organizing, and forklift. Most people who know Inventory Control also know Inventory Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Material Handler

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Material Handlers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $28K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $31K. Material Handlers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $33K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $35K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


For Material Handlers, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Material Handlers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+10 percent), Minneapolis (+8 percent), Jacksonville (+4 percent), and Columbus (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Memphis. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis (12 percent lower) and Dallas (10 percent lower).

Material Handler Reviews

What is it like working as a Material Handler?

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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Experience Affects Material Handler Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Material Handler Salaries

Machine Operation
up arrow 18%



forklift driver
up arrow 6%



Inventory Control
up arrow 4%

Receiving
up arrow 4%

National Average
$30,000

Logistics
up arrow 1%

Forklift Operator
up arrow 4%

material handler
up arrow 6%

Order Inventory
up arrow 8%

forklift
up arrow 9%

Organizing
up arrow 13%

Fork lift
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 348 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 19%
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