Material Planner Salary

Material Planners in the United States take home approximately $52K per year on average. The range in cash compensation to Material Planners ($36K to $71K) includes potential earnings of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Material Planners who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 51 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,045 - $69,940
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$70K
MEDIAN: $51,762
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50%
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$14.22 - $28.26
(Median)
$14
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,045 - $69,940  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,231  
Profit Sharing
$494.35 - $5,030  
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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$36,141 - $71,085  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 752
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.22 - $28.26  
   
Overtime
$18.02 - $39.41  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,231  
   
Profit Sharing
$494.35 - $5,030  
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).
)
$36,141 - $71,085  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 175
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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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Material Planners who advance into the role of a Materials Manager are fairly uncommon. Materials Managers on average earn $67K per year. A common career progression for a Material Planner is to become a Supply Chain Planner or a Master Scheduler. Compared to Material Planners, the first group earns $6K more on average, and the second group earns $14K more.

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Popular Skills for Material Planner


Survey results imply that Material Planners put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Supply Chain, SAP Materials Management, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Forecasting. Most people experienced in Materials Requirement Planning also know 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 many Material Planners, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $49K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $53K. Material Planners see a median salary of $54K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Material Planners who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


Indianapolis offers some of the highest pay in the country for Material Planners, 22 percent above the national average. Material Planners will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+9 percent), San Diego (+8 percent), Milwaukee (+7 percent), and Phoenix (+6 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Grand Rapids (7 percent less) and Cincinnati (4 percent less).

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Experience Affects Material Planner Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Material Planner Salaries

Order Inventory
up arrow 11%




Inventory Management
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$51,000

Purchasing
up arrow 1%

Forecasting
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 9%
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