Material Planner Salary

Material Planners in the United States can expect to earn an average of $52K per year. The range in cash compensation to Material Planners ($36K to $71K) includes potential earnings of $6K 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. Male Material Planners are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 51 percent of the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Material Planners. A large number receive medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision plans. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$39,035 - $70,177
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$70K
MEDIAN: $52,374
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$13.39 - $27.89
(Median)
$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,035 - $70,177  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,913  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $5,770  
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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$36,193 - $71,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 891
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.39 - $27.89  
   
Overtime
$18.49 - $39.56  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,913  
   
Profit Sharing
$501 - $5,770  
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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$36,193 - $71,262  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 206
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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 do not often transition into Supply Chain Manager roles. The role averages $83K per year. A Manufacturing Production Planner role is the most prevalent career advancement for Material Planners. Paychecks for that role are $49K on average. The Supply Chain Planner position is another common transition for Material Planners; in this role, salaries are typically at the $58K mark.

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Popular Skills for Material Planner


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. 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 5 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Inventory Control and Forecasting. The majority of those who know 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 Material Planners, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $49K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $53K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Material Planners make a median salary of $55K. Material Planners who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,314

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

Material Planners will find that Indianapolis offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 21 percent. Material Planners will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+18 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), Fremont (+12 percent), and Minneapolis (+9 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Charlotte and Grand Rapids are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 1 percent less than the median.

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 17%



Inventory Management
up arrow 2%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$51,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Purchasing
up arrow 2%

Forecasting
up arrow 5%

Inventory Control
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 187 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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