Material Handler Salary

Median pay for Material Handlers in the United States is around $13.26 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $10.01 per hour to $18.05. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. The vast majority of Material Handlers (86 percent) who took the survey are men. Most Material Handlers report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$23,891 - $50,085

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$10.01 - $18.05

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,891 - $50,085  
   
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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$21,407 - $42,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 120
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $18.05  
   
Overtime
$14.20 - $26.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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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$21,407 - $42,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,947
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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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Though some Material Handlers move into positions like Production Supervisor (where the average salary is $50K), this progression is not the norm. More often than not, a Forklift Operator role is the next step for Material Handlers moving up in the field. Pay for Forklift Operators is usually $28K. Many Material Handlers choose to take on a Manufacturing Production Planner role instead, where salaries are typically $49K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Material Handler


Quad/Graphics Inc leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $41K.

For Material Handlers, below-average salaries can be found at McKesson Corp.; in fact, average earnings are around $28K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($21K versus $41K) is great.

Popular Skills for Material Handler


Survey takers working as Material Handlers report using a large range of professional skills. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, 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.


For Material Handlers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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. Material Handlers bring in $33K after working for 10 to 20 years. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $35K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Material Handlers that is 11 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Material Handlers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+10 percent), Minneapolis (+8 percent), Tulsa (+4 percent), and Columbus (+4 percent). Ontario is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 18 percent. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Memphis and 9 percent less in Indianapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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%


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 10%

Organizing
up arrow 13%

Fork lift
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 353 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: 56% employee benefits None: 19%
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