Warehouse Material Handler Salary

Warehouse Material Handlers in the United States take home an average $13.01 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Warehouse Material Handlers stretch from $21K on the lower end to $42K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $1K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Geographic location and career duration 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 83 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. For the most part, Warehouse Material Handlers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,099 - $48,133
(Median)
$17K
$32K
$48K
MEDIAN: $32,085
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$9.80 - $18.36
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$18
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$17,099 - $48,133  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,474  
Profit Sharing
$19.87 - $5,034  
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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$20,647 - $41,692  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.80 - $18.36  
   
Overtime
$12.37 - $28.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,474  
   
Profit Sharing
$19.87 - $5,034  
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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$20,647 - $41,692  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,034
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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. Moving from a Warehouse Material Handler to Warehouse Supervisor or Material Handler is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Skills for Warehouse Material Handler


Survey results show that Warehouse Material Handlers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Inventory Control, Picking, and forklift are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those 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 Warehouse Material Handlers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $26K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $29K. Warehouse Material Handlers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $32K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no 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
$29,000


Skills That Affect Warehouse Material Handler Salaries

Inventory Management
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Inventory Control
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Picking
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forklift
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Shipping
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Forklift Operator
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Receiving
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National Average
$29,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 189 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 22%
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