Material Handler Salary

The average Material Handler in the United States earns approximately $13.63 per hour. Final cash compensation to Material Handlers varies from around $22K to approximately $44K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $3K and $5K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and experience level. A fair number enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Male Material Handlers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,055 - $54,814
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MEDIAN: $34,652
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$10.24 - $18.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$24,055 - $54,814  
   
Bonus
$225.00 - $3,000  
Profit Sharing
$48.94 - $4,590  
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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$22,228 - $44,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.24 - $18.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.42  
Overtime
$14.99 - $27.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$225.00 - $3,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$48.94 - $4,590  
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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$22,228 - $44,312  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,509

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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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There are some Material Handlers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Operations Managers, where earnings are an average $59K annually. When Material Handlers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Manufacturing Production Planners or Production Supervisors. Those roles pay an additional $19K and $20K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Material Handler


Dominating the field, Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), XPO Logistics, McKesson Corp., Frito-Lay, Inc., and Eaton Corporation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Material Handlers. Halliburton Energy Services attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $49K. Frito-Lay, Inc., Johnson Controls Inc, and Quad/Graphics Inc are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Material Handlers earning around $40K, $38K, or $38K at each firm, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include Alro Steel Corporation at $27K and XPO Logistics at $27K, though some Material Handlers there earn up to $43K.

Popular Skills for Material Handler


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Logistics, Inventory Management, SAP Materials Management, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Fork lift, forklift driver, and forklift. Most people skilled in Inventory Control are similarly competent in Inventory Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Material Handler

Pay by Experience for a Material Handler has a positive trend. An entry-level Material Handler with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 1,636 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Material Handler with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 687 salaries. An experienced Material Handler which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 604 salaries. A Material Handler with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 215 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,505

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

Material Handlers will find that Houston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Material Handlers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+14 percent), Portland (+10 percent), Milwaukee (+5 percent), and Cincinnati (+2 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Charlotte. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Memphis (10 percent less) and Richmond (7 percent less).

Material Handler Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Material Handler?

Material Handler in San Diego:
"It's a good company."
Pros: I like that there is no push to make you get your job done. You are not held to a specific rate for each job you are to complete. And I also like that overtime is all voluntary even weekend overtime.
Cons: The supervisor does not speak English very well and he always gets frustrated when you don't understand him. Also he picks out the bad things about the way you do your job, even if you get it done perfectly find and right, he still find something you are doing that is wrong to him.

Material Handler in Petersburg:
"Great company horrible employees."
Pros: Great management. Incentive pay is good during summer season. Employee recognition is great.
Cons: Certain coworkers tend not to show up whenever they don't feel like it and still are employed.

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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Key Stats for Material Handler

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 355 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Material Handler Salaries

▲21%

▲12%

▲2%

National Average
$31,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Material Handler Salaries

▲11%



▲4%



▲4%

▲3%


▲3%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼0%

National Average
$31,000


▼6%

forklift driver
▼12%

Fork lift
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 355 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 18%