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Material Planner Salary

Material Planners command the highest salaries in the Midwest; the three top-paying cities are Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee. Overall cash earnings for Material Planners stretch from $36K on the lower end to $71K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Material Planners making up 51 percent of survey respondents. The majority of Material Planners claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,855 - $69,932
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$70K
MEDIAN: $51,833
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$14.22 - $28.43
(Median)
$14
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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50%
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
$38,855 - $69,932  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,859  
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $5,054  
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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$36,237 - $71,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 729
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.22 - $28.43  
   
Overtime
$18.33 - $39.16  
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 - $5,859  
   
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $5,054  
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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$36,237 - $71,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165

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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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While not commonly seen, Material Planners who transition into a Supply Chain Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Supply Chain Managers is $83K per year. Supply Chain Planners or Materials Managers are common next-step roles for Material Planners moving up in their careers; annual pay for Supply Chain Planners is $6K higher on average, and it's $16K higher for Materials Managers.

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Popular Skills for Material Planner


Material Planners generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, Supply Chain, SAP Materials Management, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Forecasting. Most people skilled in Materials Requirement Planning are similarly competent 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $49K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $53K on average. Material Planners see a median salary of $55K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As Material Planners reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $63K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Material Planners, location is an influential factor in determining pay. Three cities in the Midwest — Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee — not only offer salaries upward of the national average, but are the highest-paid American cities for those in the field. In San Antonio, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Cincinnati and Grand Rapids earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Material Planner Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Material Planner Salaries

Order Inventory
up arrow 11%




Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Purchasing
0%

National Average
$51,000

Forecasting
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 175 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
22%
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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