Material Handler Salary

Material Handlers in the United States pull down an average of $13.39 per hour. Final cash compensation to Material Handlers varies from around $22K to approximately $43K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $2K and $3K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Material Handlers (85 percent) who took the survey are men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,618 - $50,216
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$24K
$34K
$50K
MEDIAN: $34,121
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$10.09 - $18.11
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,618 - $50,216  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,530  
Profit Sharing
$48.48 - $3,268  
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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$21,574 - $42,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 147
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $18.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.35  
Overtime
$14.51 - $27.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,530  
   
Profit Sharing
$48.48 - $3,268  
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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$21,574 - $42,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,510
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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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There are some Material Handlers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Production Supervisors, where earnings are an average $50K annually. Material Handlers go on to become Forklift Operators more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $29K. Material Handlers who move into a Manufacturing Production Planner role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $49K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Material Handler


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Material Handlers include Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), McKesson Corp., Frito-Lay, Inc., Eaton Corporation, and Halliburton Energy Services. Those at Quad/Graphics Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $41K.

McKesson Corp. is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $28K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $21K while workers on the upper end may rake in $41K.

Popular Skills for Material Handler


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, Team Leadership, Inventory Management, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like forklift, Order Inventory, and Forklift Operator. Most people experienced in 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $28K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $31K. Material Handlers see a median salary of $33K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $35K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,032

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

For Material Handlers, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 17 percent greater than the national average. Material Handlers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+12 percent), Minneapolis (+7 percent), Tulsa (+5 percent), and Cleveland (+4 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Memphis, 14 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (12 percent lower) and Indianapolis (8 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 13%

Team Leadership
up arrow 8%


Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Receiving
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Shipping
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Inventory Control
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National Average
$30,000

Logistics
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Forklift Operator
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Order Inventory
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 418 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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