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Material Handler Salary

The average Material Handler in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $13.28 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $10.01 per hour and $17.94. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and years of experience are driving factors as well. Male Material Handlers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Material Handlers is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,533 - $51,213
(Median)
$24K
$34K
$51K
MEDIAN: $34,499
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$10.01 - $17.94
(Median)
$10
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
10%
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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
$23,533 - $51,213  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,216  
Profit Sharing
$58.72 - $3,268  
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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$21,323 - $42,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate 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$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $17.94  
   
Overtime
$14.41 - $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.
)
$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,216  
   
Profit Sharing
$58.72 - $3,268  
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).
)
$21,323 - $42,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,695

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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 Material Handlers do not often become Manufacturing Production Planners, the job pays $49K per year on average. 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 Warehouse Supervisor role — this promotion usually pays $41K.

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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.

Offering a median salary of only $28K, McKesson Corp. pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $20K to $42K is pretty narrow, too.

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 Shipping are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 18 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Fork lift, Organizing, and forklift. Most people experienced in 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $28K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $31K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $32K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $35K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


For Material Handlers, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 14 percent greater than the national average. Material Handlers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+11 percent), Houston (+10 percent), Columbus (+6 percent), and Jacksonville (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Memphis is the market with the smallest paychecks. Ontario and Indianapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 15 percent less than the median.

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 18%


forklift driver
up arrow 6%


Receiving
up arrow 5%

Inventory Control
up arrow 4%

Data Entry
up arrow 4%

SAP Materials Management (SAP MM)
up arrow 4%

National Average
$30,000

Logistics
up arrow 1%

material handler
up arrow 3%

Forklift Operator
up arrow 4%

Order Inventory
up arrow 5%

forklift
up arrow 9%

Organizing
up arrow 13%

Fork lift
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 344 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
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%