Material Planner Salary

Median pay for Material Planners in the United States is around $52K per year. Total cash compensation to Material Planners ranges from $36K on the lower end to $71K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men working as Material Planners who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 50 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$39,045 - $69,807

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$14.30 - $28.20

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,045 - $69,807  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,176  
Profit Sharing
$490.03 - $5,040  
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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$36,191 - $71,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 782
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.30 - $28.20  
   
Overtime
$18.05 - $39.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,176  
   
Profit Sharing
$490.03 - $5,040  
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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$36,191 - $71,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 177
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Job Description for Material Planner

A material planner is an essential member of staff in any medium or large manufacturing operation. The material planner ensures a steady flow of all materials needed to keep a manufacturing line operating. This is generally a balancing act; manufacturers do not generally have space to store large quantities of raw materials, so the material planner must ensure adequate supplies without overbuying or wasting resources.

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Material Planner Tasks

  • Monitor and track materials flow to identify bottlenecks and characterize usage.
  • Identify, resolve, and forecast problems and potential solutions to inventory and quality.
  • Schedule delivery and production usage of materials for optimal production.
  • Visit and evaluate suppliers for quality, timeliness, procedures, and fit to goals.

Common Career Paths for Material Planner


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It's not very common for Material Planners to move on to become Materials Managers. Average pay for a Materials Manager is $67K annually. Material Planners most often move into positions as Supply Chain Planners or Master Schedulers; those groups report median salaries that are $7K higher and $14K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Material Planner


Survey results suggest that Material Planners put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, SAP Materials Management, Supply Chain, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 18 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Forecasting. Those proficient in Materials Requirement Planning are, more often than not, also skilled in Inventory Management and SAP Materials Management (SAP MM).

Pay by Experience Level for Material Planner

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


For Material Planners, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $49K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $53K on average. Material Planners bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Material Planners with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Material Planners, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 50 percent above the national average. Material Planners will also find cushy salaries in Indianapolis (+21 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), Milwaukee (+8 percent), and San Diego (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Grand Rapids and Cincinnati also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Material Planner Reviews

What is it like working as a Material Planner?

Material Planner in Monroe:
"Enjoyable with a touch of stress."
Pros: I like working with my clients and feel good when they don't want to lose me as their planner. I know I'm doing my job well then.
Cons: The stress and the way the company is rsn.

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Experience Affects Material Planner Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Material Planner Salaries

Order Inventory
up arrow 18%



Inventory Management
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

National Average
$51,000

Purchasing
up arrow 1%

Forecasting
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 9%
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