Warehouse Material Handler Salary (United States)

Warehouse Material Handlers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.82 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.81 per hour to $18.32. Total cash compensation approaches anywhere from $18,634 on the lower end to $49,067 on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $1,818 from bonuses and upwards of $3,973 from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, 23 percent are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by most and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Men account for the majority of Warehouse Material Handlers—85 percent to be exact. Most Warehouse Material Handlers report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Warehouse Material Handler Salary (?
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$18,634 - $49,067
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MEDIAN: $31,002
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Warehouse Material Handler Salary (?
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$18,634 - $49,067  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,818  
Profit Sharing
$50.34 - $3,973  
Total Pay (?
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$20,701 - $41,892  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$9.81 - $18.32  
   
Overtime
$13.32 - $28.52  
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,818  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.34 - $3,973  
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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$20,701 - $41,892  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,272
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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 who advance into the role of an Operations Manager—while rather uncommon—bring in an extra $30K per year. Warehouse Supervisors or Warehouse Managers are common next-step roles for Warehouse Material Handlers moving up in the field, where annual pay increases by $11,756 or $13,266, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Warehouse Material Handler

Warehouse Material Handlers report a focused set of job skills. Inventory Management and Inventory Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 4 percent respectively. Most people who know 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.
For many Warehouse Material Handlers, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Though starting salaries approximate $26K, they climb to $29K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $31K. After two decades on the job, Warehouse Material Handlers see salary growth dwindle, averaging $34K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 25 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Warehouse Material Handlers will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 16 percent. Warehouse Material Handlers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+10 percent) and Richmond (+5 percent). Warehouse Material Handlers in Atlanta earn salaries far below the national average by 20 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Columbus and Fort Worth earn less than others in this profession; their -8 percent and -8 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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Experience Affects Warehouse Material Handler Salaries

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$29,000

Skills That Affect Warehouse Material Handler Salaries

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$29,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
15%
female alumni
 
Male
85%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 23%
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