Material Handlers in the United States take home approximately $13.60 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Material Handlers approaches anywhere from $22K on the lower end to $44K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $3K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 82 percent of Material Handlers are male. A fair number enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,737 - $53,765
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MEDIAN: $34,833
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,737 - $53,765  
   
Bonus
$242.40 - $3,091  
Profit Sharing
$48.94 - $4,590  
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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$22,097 - $44,157  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $18.54  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.42  
Overtime
$14.95 - $27.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$242.40 - $3,091  
   
Profit Sharing
$48.94 - $4,590  
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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$22,097 - $44,157  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,549

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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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Material Handlers who move on to become Production Supervisors may enjoy significant pay raises, as Production Supervisors get paid an average of $51K per year. It is quite typical for Material Handlers to transition into roles as Warehouse Supervisors or Manufacturing Production Planners, where reported median earnings are $11K and $19K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Material Handler


Known for taking on a considerable number of Material Handlers, Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), McKesson Corp., XPO Logistics, Frito-Lay, Inc., and Eaton Corporation are leading firms in the industry. Those at Halliburton Energy Services can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $45K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Quad/Graphics Inc, Johnson Controls Inc, and Frito-Lay, Inc., where Material Handlers typically earn around $41K, $38K, or $36K, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include Graybar Electric Co., Inc at $28K and XPO Logistics at $28K, though some Material Handlers there earn up to $43K.

Popular Skills for Material Handler


Material Handlers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Logistics, Inventory Management, SAP Materials Management, and Machine Operation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Fork lift, forklift driver, and Forklift Operator. 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.


Material Handlers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $29K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $31K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $34K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $37K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,442

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

For Material Handlers, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Material Handlers will also find cushy salaries in San Bernardino (+12 percent), Portland (+10 percent), Milwaukee (+8 percent), and Phoenix (+5 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas. Workers in Memphis and Richmond earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 7 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 363 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Material Handler Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Material Handler Salaries

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$30,000


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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 363 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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