Material Handler Salary (United States)

Material Handlers in the United States pull down an average of $13.21 per hour. The range in pay spans from $9.92 per hour to $18.04. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn vision coverage. There are far more male Material Handlers than women, making up 85 percent of those in this profession. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Material Handlers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Material Handler Salary (?
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$23,564 - $51,170
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MEDIAN: $32,639
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Material Handler Salary (?
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$9.92 - $18.04
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,564 - $51,170  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,171  
Profit Sharing
$42.50 - $2,850  
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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$21,182 - $42,108  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.92 - $18.04  
   
Overtime
$14.16 - $26.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,171  
   
Profit Sharing
$42.50 - $2,850  
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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$21,182 - $42,108  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,284
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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' salary tends to stay somewhat level despite career advancements. Those who assume higher-end positions like Warehouse Material Handler tend to get paid about the same as they did in lower-level roles.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Material Handler

Halliburton Energy Services pays the most with a median salary of $37,283.
While select McKesson Corp. employees may bring in up to $42,427, a median salary of only $28,865—the lowest in the field—suggests a serious lag in the earnings department. Workers at Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) and Halliburton Energy Services also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field—average earnings for these employers come to $29,798 and $37,283, respectively.

Popular Skills for Material Handler

Material Handlers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, Inventory Management, Receiving, and Shipping are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 17 percent, 8 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Organizing, forklift, and Order Inventory. 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.
For many Material Handlers, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Salaries start at $28K, which grows to $31K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $33K after one to two decades. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Material Handlers who have made it this far report earning around $35K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, a majority land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Dallas
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Houston
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Minneapolis
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Seattle
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Cleveland
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San Diego
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Milwaukee
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Atlanta
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Greensboro
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Columbus
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National Average
$30,000
Jacksonville
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Rochester
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Denver
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Grand Rapids
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Memphis
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Dallas is home to an above-average pay rate for Material Handlers, 14 percent higher than the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Houston, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Cleveland, top-paying markets where Material Handlers rake in more than the national norm (+13 percent, +9 percent, +7 percent, and +5 percent). Memphis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. Employers pay around -14 percent in Grand Rapids and -9 percent in Rochester, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Material Handler Salaries

National Average
$30,000

Skills That Affect Material Handler Salaries

Machine Operation
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Receiving
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SAP Materials Management (SAP MM)
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Forklift Operator
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Data Entry
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National Average
$30,000
Order Inventory
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forklift
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Organizing
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 282 votes.

Gender

Female
15%
female alumni
 
Male
85%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 19%
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