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Material Planner Salary

Material Planners in the United States take home approximately $51K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Material Planners varies from $36K to $70K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K each. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Material Planners is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Material Planners (50 percent) survey respondents. Male Material Planners are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$38,592 - $69,317
(Median)
$39K
$51K
$69K
MEDIAN: $50,820
10%
50%
90%

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$13.45 - $26.97
(Median)
$13
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
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
$38,592 - $69,317  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,175  
Profit Sharing
$499.17 - $5,042  
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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$35,777 - $70,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 629
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
$13.45 - $26.97  
   
Overtime
$17.99 - $40.03  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,175  
   
Profit Sharing
$499.17 - $5,042  
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).
)
$35,777 - $70,180  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 143
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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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As Material Planners transition into upper-level roles such as Supply Chain Planner, they may see an upturn in salary. The average Supply Chain Planner earns $57K per year.

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Popular Skills for Material Planner


Material Planners report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in SAP Materials Management, Supply Chain, Inventory Management, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 6 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Forecasting. Those familiar with Materials Requirement Planning also tend to know Inventory Management and SAP Materials Management (SAP MM). Most people familiar with Microsoft Excel also know SAP Materials Management (SAP MM) and Inventory Management.

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 earns $48K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $51K. On average, Material Planners make $54K following 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, busy Indianapolis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Material Planners will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+10 percent), San Diego (+8 percent), Phoenix (+8 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Grand Rapids and Troy earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Material Planner Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Material Planner Salaries




Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
0%

National Average
$50,000

Purchasing
up arrow 1%

Forecasting
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

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%