Warehouse Material Handler Salary

Warehouse Material Handlers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $13.34 per hour. Total cash earnings of Warehouse Material Handlers range from $21K on the low end to $43K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $1K and $6K, respectively. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Warehouse Material Handlers (84 percent) survey respondents are men. While some workers in this profession — one in five — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Warehouse Material Handlers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$22,291 - $48,902
(Median)
$22K
$34K
$49K
MEDIAN: $34,186
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$9.86 - $18.70
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$22,291 - $48,902  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,481  
Profit Sharing
$20.27 - $5,732  
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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$20,839 - $43,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 92
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $18.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$13.19 - $28.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,481  
   
Profit Sharing
$20.27 - $5,732  
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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$20,839 - $43,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,146
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Operations Managers. That role pays $59K per year on average. More often, however, Warehouse Material Handlers go on to become Warehouse Supervisors or Material Handlers.

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Popular Skills for Warehouse Material Handler


Warehouse Material Handlers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, Picking, forklift, and Inventory Management 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.


For Warehouse Material Handlers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $27K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $30K. Warehouse Material Handlers bring in $33K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $34K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Warehouse Material Handler Salaries




National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Warehouse Material Handler Salaries

Machine Operation
up arrow 18%

Picking
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forklift
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Inventory Control
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Inventory Management
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Shipping
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National Average
$30,000

Receiving
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Forklift Operator
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forklift driver
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 194 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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