Material Handler Salary

Material Handlers in the United States take home approximately $13.26 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $10.01 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $18.01. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Men make up the vast majority of Material Handlers (86 percent) who took the survey. Work is enjoyable for Material Handlers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,809 - $50,397
(Median)
$24K
$35K
$50K
MEDIAN: $34,609
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$10.01 - $18.01
(Median)
$10
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,809 - $50,397  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,227  
Profit Sharing
$59.60 - $3,221  
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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$21,380 - $42,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $18.01  
   
Overtime
$14.19 - $26.75  
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 - $1,227  
   
Profit Sharing
$59.60 - $3,221  
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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$21,380 - $42,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,910
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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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While not commonly seen, Material Handlers who transition into a Production Supervisor position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Production Supervisors is $50K per year. 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


Those at Halliburton Energy Services can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $37K.

Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — McKesson Corp. offers the lowest median salary at $28K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $21K and $41K.

Popular Skills for Material Handler


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Fork lift, Organizing, and forklift. 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $28K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $31K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $33K. As Material Handlers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $35K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Material Handlers, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 11 percent above the national average. Material Handlers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+10 percent), Minneapolis (+8 percent), Columbus (+4 percent), and Cleveland (+4 percent). In Ontario, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Memphis and 9 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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%


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%

Order Inventory
up arrow 5%

material handler
up arrow 6%

forklift
up arrow 11%

Organizing
up arrow 13%

Fork lift
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 350 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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