Material Handler Salary (United States)

Pay for Material Handlers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $13.21 per hour. Pay begins at $9.92 per hour on the low end and climbs to $18.04 near the top. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the specific employer and experience level are influential factors as well. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. There are far more male Material Handlers than women, making up 85 percent of those in this profession. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Material Handler Salary (?
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$23,564 - $51,170
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MEDIAN: $32,639
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Material Handler Salary (?
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$9.92 - $18.04
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,564 - $51,170  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,171  
Profit Sharing
$42.50 - $2,850  
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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$21,182 - $42,108  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.92 - $18.04  
   
Overtime
$14.16 - $26.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,171  
   
Profit Sharing
$42.50 - $2,850  
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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$21,182 - $42,108  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,284
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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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Additional career progression does not lead to a big boost in pay for Material Handlers. Typically, those who move into a Warehouse Material Handler role will bring in a similar salary to their current position.

Material Handler Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Material Handler

For Material Handlers, comfortable salaries can be found at Halliburton Energy Services; in fact, typical earnings are around $37,283, the highest in the area.
The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is McKesson Corp., where the median salary is just $28,865. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) at $29,798 and Halliburton Energy Services where $37,283 is the norm.

Popular Skills for Material Handler

Material Handlers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, Inventory Management, Receiving, and Shipping are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 17 percent, 8 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Organizing, forklift, and Order Inventory. The majority of those 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 is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $28K to $31K. Earnings total $33K after one to two decades. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Material Handlers at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $35K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

Dallas
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Houston
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Minneapolis
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Seattle
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Cleveland
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San Diego
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Milwaukee
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Atlanta
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Greensboro
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Columbus
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National Average
$30,000
Jacksonville
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Rochester
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Denver
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Grand Rapids
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Memphis
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Home to some of the best pay for Material Handlers, Dallas offers exceptional salaries, 14 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Houston, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Cleveland, where Material Handlers annually earn 13 percent, 9 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent more than the national average. Memphis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. Workers in Grand Rapids and Rochester earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-14 percent and -9 percent).

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Material Handler Salaries

National Average
$30,000

Skills That Affect Material Handler Salaries

Machine Operation
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Receiving
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SAP Materials Management (SAP MM)
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Forklift Operator
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Data Entry
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National Average
$30,000
Order Inventory
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forklift
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Organizing
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Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 282 votes.

Gender

Female
15%
female alumni
 
Male
85%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 19%
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