Warehouse Material Handler Salary

An average Warehouse Material Handler in the United States can expect to take home roughly $14.12 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $3K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Warehouse Material Handlers spread between $22K and $45K depending on individual performance. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Roughly a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Warehouse Material Handlers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Warehouse Material Handlers (84 percent) survey respondents are men. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,398 - $50,715
$22K
$34K
$51K
MEDIAN: $34,481
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$10.21 - $18.81
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$22,398 - $50,715  
   
Bonus
$200.27 - $3,026  
Profit Sharing
$805 - $9,933  
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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$21,674 - $44,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $18.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$14.85 - $28.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$200.27 - $3,026  
   
Profit Sharing
$805 - $9,933  
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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$21,674 - $44,727  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,085

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Warehouse Material Handler


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There are some Warehouse Material Handlers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Operations Managers, where earnings are an average $59K annually. The most common promotion for Warehouse Material Handlers is a Material Handler position, which usually brings in $30K a year. Another standard transition for Warehouse Material Handlers seeking advancement is to assume a Warehouse Supervisor role, where pay is often $41K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Warehouse Material Handler


McKesson Corp. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $34K.

Popular Skills for Warehouse Material Handler


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with SAP Materials Management, forklift driver, and forklift are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 44 percent, 10 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Forklift Operator. Those proficient in Inventory Control are, more often than not, also skilled in Inventory Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Warehouse Material Handler

Pay by Experience for a Warehouse Material Handler has a positive trend. An entry-level Warehouse Material Handler with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 591 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Warehouse Material Handler with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 312 salaries. An experienced Warehouse Material Handler which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 291 salaries. A Warehouse Material Handler with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 130 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,155

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Phoenix is home to an above-average pay rate for Warehouse Material Handlers, 9 percent higher than the national average. Warehouse Material Handlers will also find cushy salaries in Cincinnati (+6 percent) and Atlanta (+2 percent). With compensation 20 percent below the national average, Tulsa is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Indianapolis and Dallas (14 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Warehouse Material Handler

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 182 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Warehouse Material Handler Salaries

▲15%

▲9%

▲1%

National Average
$31,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Warehouse Material Handler Salaries

SAP Materials Management (SAP MM)
▲44%

forklift driver
▲10%

▲7%

Team Leadership
▲5%

▲4%




▲1%

Receiving
▼0%

Customer Service
▼0%

National Average
$31,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 182 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 20%
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