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Material Handler Salary

Average Material Handlers in the United States make around $13.24 per hour. Earnings sit near $9.96 per hour on the lower side but can approach $18.02 on the higher side. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the vast majority of Material Handlers (85 percent) who took the survey. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$23,595 - $52,520
(Median)
$24K
$33K
$53K
MEDIAN: $33,113
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$9.96 - $18.02
(Median)
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$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,595 - $52,520  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,191  
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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$21,225 - $42,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $18.02  
   
Overtime
$14.28 - $26.73  
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.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,191  
   
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).
)
$21,225 - $42,034  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,482
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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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At the upper end, Material Handlers who move into a Manufacturing Production Planner role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Manufacturing Production Planners is $49K per year. Material Handlers most often move into Warehouse Material Handler or Forklift Operator roles. However, the former pays $1K less on average, and the latter pays $2K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Material Handler


Halliburton Energy Services attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $37K.

With a median salary of only $28K, McKesson Corp. pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $20K to $42K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Material Handler


Material Handlers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, Inventory Management, Shipping, and Receiving are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.


Material Handlers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $27K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $31K. Material Handlers bring in $33K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $35K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 14 percent, Material Handlers in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. Material Handlers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+12 percent), Minneapolis (+10 percent), Jacksonville (+8 percent), and Columbus (+5 percent). Ontario ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. Employers in Charlotte and Indianapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent less).

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 17%






Receiving
up arrow 5%

Forklift Operator
up arrow 4%

forklift driver
up arrow 4%

National Average
$30,000

Logistics
up arrow 1%

material handler
up arrow 2%

Order Inventory
up arrow 5%

forklift
up arrow 9%

Organizing
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 303 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 19%