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Material Planner Salary (United States)

Material Planners in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $51K per year. Overall incomes of Material Planners generally bottom out at around $36K and peak near $70K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $5K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men working as Material Planners just barely outnumber women at 50 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Material Planners. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Material Planner Salary (?
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$38,669 - $68,798
(Median)
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51K
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MEDIAN: $50,517
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Material Planner Salary (?
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$13.86 - $26.83
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,669 - $68,798  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,073  
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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$35,815 - $69,791  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 551
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.86 - $26.83  
   
Overtime
$17.63 - $40.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,073  
   
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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$35,815 - $69,791  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 131
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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 often transition into upper-level roles, like Supply Chain Planner, where average pay is $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 Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 4 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Purchasing. Most people familiar with Materials Requirement Planning 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, 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 $48K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $51K. Material Planners bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $63K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, more than half land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$50,000
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Surpassing the national average by 20 percent, Material Planners in Indianapolis receive some of the highest pay in the country. Minneapolis, San Diego, Phoenix, and Houston also offer top salaries for Material Planners. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 11 percent, 10 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent more, respectively. Trailing the national average by 14 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Material Planner Salaries

National Average
$50,000

Skills That Affect Material Planner Salaries

Inventory Management
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Supply Chain
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Microsoft Excel
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Data Analysis
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Microsoft Office
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Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
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National Average
$50,000
Forecasting
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Purchasing
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
50%
female alumni
 
Male
50%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 9%