Warehouse Material Handler Salary

An average Warehouse Material Handler in the United States can expect to take home roughly $13.34 per hour. Cash earnings for Warehouse Material Handlers — including $1K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $21K to $43K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are far more male Warehouse Material Handlers survey respondents than women, making up 84 percent. The majority of Warehouse Material Handlers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. 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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$13
$19
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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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


Survey results suggest that Warehouse Material Handlers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Machine Operation, Picking, forklift, and Inventory Management are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Inventory Control are 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $27K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $30K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $33K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $34K.

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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
up arrow 13%

forklift
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Inventory Control
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Inventory Management
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Shipping
0%

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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