Material Handler Salary

Material Handlers in the United States pull down an average of $13.39 per hour. Final cash compensation to Material Handlers varies from around $22K to approximately $43K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $2K and $3K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and experience level are influential 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 more than half earn dental coverage. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$23,618 - $50,216
(Median)
$24K
$34K
$50K
MEDIAN: $34,121
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$10.09 - $18.11
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,618 - $50,216  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,530  
Profit Sharing
$48.48 - $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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$21,574 - $42,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 147
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $18.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.35  
Overtime
$14.51 - $27.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,530  
   
Profit Sharing
$48.48 - $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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$21,574 - $42,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,510
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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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Material Handlers sometimes assume positions such as Production Supervisors. That role pays $50K per year on average. Becoming a Forklift Operator is, more often than not, the most common role that Material Handlers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Forklift Operator is $29K. Another frequent advance is for Material Handlers to assume a Manufacturing Production Planner role; in this role, workers often take home $49K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Material Handler


Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), McKesson Corp., Frito-Lay, Inc., Eaton Corporation, and Halliburton Energy Services are top-notch employers for Material Handlers in this area. The biggest paychecks can be found at Quad/Graphics Inc — the median salary there is $41K.

The pay scale is far from balanced at McKesson Corp.. While salaries on one end can reach $41K, the company's median pay sits at $28K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Material Handler


Survey results imply that Material Handlers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, Team Leadership, Inventory Management, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include forklift, Order Inventory, and Forklift Operator. 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $28K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $31K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $33K. Material Handlers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $35K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,032

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Material Handlers, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 17 percent greater than the national average. Material Handlers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+12 percent), Minneapolis (+7 percent), Tulsa (+5 percent), and Cleveland (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Memphis. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Portland and Indianapolis (12 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Material Handler Reviews

What is it like working as a Material Handler?

Material Handler in Cincinnati:
"The best job I ever..."
Pros: I get paid for preparing material for hot dip galvanizing. Hanging items on a over head rack which carries material for processing. Great work.
Cons: This author does not have any bad experiences for this job. If this author would have found this position earlier in life, many dead end jobs could have been prevented.

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%

Team Leadership
up arrow 8%


Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 6%



Receiving
up arrow 5%

Shipping
up arrow 4%

Inventory Control
up arrow 3%

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National Average
$30,000

Logistics
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Forklift Operator
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Order Inventory
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 418 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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