Warehouse Material Handler Salary

Warehouse Material Handlers in the United States pull down an average of $13.03 per hour. Total incomes of Warehouse Material Handlers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $1K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $21K and $42K. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Warehouse Material Handlers is high. Men make up the vast majority of Warehouse Material Handlers (83 percent) who took the survey. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — between a fifth and a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,174 - $48,012

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$9.81 - $18.34

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$17,174 - $48,012  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,477  
Profit Sharing
$19.87 - $5,034  
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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$20,682 - $41,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $18.34  
   
Overtime
$12.37 - $28.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,477  
   
Profit Sharing
$19.87 - $5,034  
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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$20,682 - $41,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,043
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Job Description for Warehouse Material Handler

A warehouse material handler is part of a team performing several functions necessary to maintain a well-organized warehouse. On the shipping side of warehouse operations, the material handler receives orders and uses a forklift to retrieve pallets for order fulfillment. After the pallet is retrieved, the material handler places it in a shipping area so it can be loaded onto a truck for shipment. Then, the material handler updates the company system to indicate that the shipment is in progress.

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Warehouse Material Handler Tasks

  • Manually or mechanically load and unload materials from pallets, skids, platforms, cars, lifting devices, or other transport vehicles.
  • Clean and maintain supplies, tools, equipment, and storage areas in order to ensure compliance with safety regulations.
  • Verify inventory computations by comparing them to physical counts of stock, and investigate discrepancies and adjust errors.
  • Receive, store, move and pack outgoing materials, equipment, and other items from warehouse.

Common Career Paths for Warehouse Material Handler


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Though some Warehouse Material Handlers move into positions like Operations Manager (where the average salary is $59K), this progression is not the norm. More commonly, Warehouse Material Handlers become Warehouse Supervisors or Material Handlers.

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Popular Skills for Warehouse Material Handler


Survey results suggest that Warehouse Material Handlers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Inventory Control, Picking, and forklift are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Inventory Control also know Inventory Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Warehouse Material Handler

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $26K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $29K. For Warehouse Material Handlers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $32K. Warehouse Material Handlers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Warehouse Material Handler Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Warehouse Material Handler Salaries

Inventory Control
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Inventory Management
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Picking
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Shipping
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Forklift Operator
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National Average
$29,000

Receiving
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 188 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 22%
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