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Material Handler Salary

Material Handlers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $13.31 per hour. Compensation ranges from $10.01 per hour on the lower end to $17.99 on the higher end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. Men make up the vast majority of Material Handlers (86 percent) who took the survey. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most Material Handlers report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,354 - $50,797
(Median)
$23K
$35K
$51K
MEDIAN: $34,561
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$10.01 - $17.99
(Median)
$10
$13
$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$23,354 - $50,797  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,237  
Profit Sharing
$59.18 - $4,055  
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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$21,324 - $42,235  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $17.99  
   
Overtime
$14.44 - $27.02  
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.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,237  
   
Profit Sharing
$59.18 - $4,055  
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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$21,324 - $42,235  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,771

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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. Material Handlers go on to become Forklift Operators more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $28K. Material Handlers who move into a Warehouse Manager role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $42K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Material Handler


For Material Handlers, comfortable salaries can be found at Halliburton Energy Services; in fact, median earnings sit around $37K, the highest in the area.

McKesson Corp. offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $28K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $20K to $42K.

Popular Skills for Material Handler


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Fork lift, Organizing, and forklift. For most people, competency in Inventory Control indicates knowledge of Inventory Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Material Handler

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Material Handlers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $28K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $31K. Material Handlers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $32K. Material Handlers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $35K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Material Handlers that is 14 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Material Handlers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+10 percent), Minneapolis (+8 percent), Jacksonville (+4 percent), and Columbus (+4 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Memphis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Ontario (15 percent less) and Indianapolis (14 percent less).

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%

SAP Materials Management (SAP MM)
up arrow 4%

National Average
$30,000

Logistics
up arrow 1%

Forklift Operator
up arrow 4%

Order Inventory
up arrow 5%

material handler
up arrow 6%

forklift
up arrow 9%

Organizing
up arrow 13%

Fork lift
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 347 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: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 19%
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