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Warehouse Material Handler Salary

Earnings for Warehouse Material Handlers in the United States come in at around $12.99 per hour on average. In the world of Warehouse Material Handlers, total cash compensation can vary between $21K and $42K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $1K and $5K, respectively. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While just under one in four report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Men account for the majority of Warehouse Material Handlers who responded to the questionnaire — 84 percent to be exact. For the most part, Warehouse Material Handlers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$17,221 - $48,546
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$17K
$32K
$49K
MEDIAN: $32,240
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$9.81 - $18.41
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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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
$17,221 - $48,546  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,495  
Profit Sharing
$20.13 - $4,966  
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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$20,676 - $41,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $18.41  
   
Overtime
$12.67 - $28.80  
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 - $1,495  
   
Profit Sharing
$20.13 - $4,966  
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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$20,676 - $41,897  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,078
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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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While Warehouse Material Handlers do not often become Operations Managers, the job pays $59K per year on average. It is more probable, however, that Warehouse Material Handlers become Warehouse Supervisors or Material Handlers.

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Popular Skills for Warehouse Material Handler


Warehouse Material Handlers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Inventory Control, forklift, and Forklift Operator are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people skilled in Inventory Control are similarly competent 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $26K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $29K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $32K. Warehouse Material Handlers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits 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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National Average
$29,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 192 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 22%
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