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Warehouse Material Handler Salary

Pay for Warehouse Material Handlers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $13.01 per hour. Total cash earnings of Warehouse Material Handlers range from $21K on the low end to $42K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $2K and $5K, respectively. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although just under one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the larger part get dental coverage, too. There are far more male Warehouse Material Handlers survey respondents than women, making up 83 percent. For the most part, Warehouse Material Handlers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,379 - $48,429
(Median)
$17K
$32K
$48K
MEDIAN: $32,175
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$9.81 - $18.51
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$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$17,379 - $48,429  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,505  
Profit Sharing
$20.00 - $5,000  
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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$20,686 - $41,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $18.51  
   
Overtime
$12.79 - $28.90  
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$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,505  
   
Profit Sharing
$20.00 - $5,000  
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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$20,686 - $41,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,072

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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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Warehouse Material Handlers do not often transition into Operations Manager roles. The role averages $59K per year. However, it's more common for Warehouse Material Handlers to move into roles as Warehouse Supervisors or Material Handlers.

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Popular Skills for Warehouse Material Handler


Survey results show that Warehouse Material Handlers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Inventory Control, forklift, and Forklift Operator are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Inventory Control are, more often than not, also skilled in Inventory Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Warehouse Material Handler

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $26K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $29K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $32K. Warehouse Material Handlers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $33K.

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Experience Affects Warehouse Material Handler Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Warehouse Material Handler Salaries

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

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Receiving
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 22%
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