Median pay for Material Planners in the United States is around $55K per year, but employers in San Diego offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $73K. Material Planners will also find cushy salaries in Indianapolis (+16 percent), Portland (+10 percent), Troy (+9 percent), and Fremont (+7 percent). Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,091 - $72,536
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$73K
MEDIAN: $55,015
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$14.75 - $27.75
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$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$40,091 - $72,536  
   
Bonus
$958 - $7,231  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,481  
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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$37,652 - $72,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 661
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.75 - $27.75  
   
Overtime
$22.27 - $40.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$958 - $7,231  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,481  
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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$37,652 - $72,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 164
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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 Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Supply Chain Managers earn $82K on average per year. Supply Chain Planners or Master Schedulers are common next-step roles for Material Planners moving up in their careers; annual pay for Supply Chain Planners is $5K higher on average, and it's $12K higher for Master Schedulers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Material Planner


Honeywell Aerospace doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $59K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $76K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Material Planner


Survey results imply that Material Planners deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Order Inventory, SAP Materials Management, Supply Chain, and Data Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Forecasting. For most people, competency in Inventory Management indicates knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $51K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $57K. Material Planners see a median salary of $58K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,620

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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
$54,000


Skills That Affect Material Planner Salaries

Order Inventory
up arrow 19%



Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Inventory Management
up arrow 1%

Inventory Control
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Materials Requirement Planning (MRP)
0%

National Average
$54,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Purchasing
up arrow 1%

SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Forecasting
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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