Pay for Material Handlers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $13.55 per hour. Total cash compensation to Material Handlers approaches anywhere from $22K on the lower end to $44K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $4K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Most Material Handlers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Material Handlers who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 83 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$23,511 - $51,395
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MEDIAN: $34,905
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$10.22 - $18.34
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$23,511 - $51,395  
   
Bonus
$247.90 - $3,500  
Profit Sharing
$49.13 - $5,000  
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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$22,096 - $43,658  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$10.22 - $18.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.42  
Overtime
$14.88 - $26.96  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$247.90 - $3,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$49.13 - $5,000  
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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$22,096 - $43,658  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,459
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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.

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Material Handlers who move on to become Production Supervisors may enjoy significant pay raises, as Production Supervisors get paid an average of $51K per year. Warehouse Supervisors or Manufacturing Production Planners are common next-step roles for Material Handlers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Warehouse Supervisors is $11K higher on average, and it's $19K higher for Manufacturing Production Planners.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Material Handler


Many Material Handlers can be found at Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), McKesson Corp., XPO Logistics, Eaton Corporation, and Frito-Lay, Inc., firms that are at the top of the field. Material Handlers flock to Halliburton Energy Services for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $46K lead the pack in compensation. Also paying near the top of the field are Quad/Graphics Inc at $41K, Johnson Controls Inc at $38K, and Frito-Lay, Inc., where Material Handlers annually earn $38K.

Other low-paying employers include Graybar Electric Co., Inc at $28K and XPO Logistics at $28K, though some Material Handlers there earn up to $43K.

Popular Skills for Material Handler


Survey takers working as Material Handlers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Logistics, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, Inventory Management, and SAP Materials Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Fork lift, forklift driver, and forklift. Those educated in Inventory Control tend to be well versed in 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 appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $29K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $31K. Material Handlers bring in $34K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $36K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,293

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

For Material Handlers, San Bernardino provides a pay rate that is 13 percent greater than the national average. Material Handlers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+9 percent), Portland (+9 percent), Milwaukee (+5 percent), and Phoenix (+4 percent). Ontario is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 19 percent. Dallas and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 14 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively.

Material Handler Reviews

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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Experience Affects Material Handler Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Material Handler Salaries

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National Average
$30,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 354 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
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: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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