Material Handler Salary

Pay for Material Handlers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $13.27 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $10.01 per hour to $18.02. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the company and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. For the most part, Material Handlers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Material Handlers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 86 percent. A fair number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$23,354 - $51,686
(Median)
$23K
$34K
$52K
MEDIAN: $34,477
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$10.01 - $18.02
(Median)
$10
$13
$18
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
$23,354 - $51,686  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,400  
Profit Sharing
$59.60 - $4,027  
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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$21,379 - $42,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 121
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $18.02  
   
Overtime
$14.20 - $26.87  
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 - $1,400  
   
Profit Sharing
$59.60 - $4,027  
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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$21,379 - $42,547  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,896
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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. As Material Handlers progress in their field, many go on to become Forklift Operators. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $28K. Another common career choice for Material Handlers is to move into a Manufacturing Production Planner role — this promotion usually pays $49K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Material Handler


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Halliburton Energy Services offers the most; Material Handlers earn $37K on average there.

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


Material Handlers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, Inventory Management, forklift driver, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Fork lift, Organizing, and forklift. Most people familiar with 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, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $28K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $31K. Material Handlers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $33K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $35K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Material Handlers that is 23 percent greater than the national average, Phoenix offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Material Handlers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+11 percent), Houston (+11 percent), Minneapolis (+7 percent), and Columbus (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Memphis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Indianapolis (12 percent lower) and Jacksonville (4 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 16%


forklift driver
up arrow 7%




Receiving
up arrow 5%

Inventory Control
up arrow 4%

Forklift Operator
up arrow 4%

National Average
$30,000

Logistics
up arrow 1%

material handler
up arrow 4%

Order Inventory
up arrow 8%

forklift
up arrow 11%

Organizing
up arrow 13%

Fork lift
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 351 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
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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