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Warehouse Material Handler Salary

Warehouse Material Handlers in the United States pull down an average of $12.93 per hour. Cash earnings for Warehouse Material Handlers — which occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $21K to approximately $42K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Men account for the majority of Warehouse Material Handlers who responded to the questionnaire — 85 percent to be exact. Most Warehouse Material Handlers report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly more than a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,687 - $48,745
(Median)
$18K
$31K
$49K
MEDIAN: $31,002
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$9.83 - $18.54
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$17,687 - $48,745  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,689  
Profit Sharing
$49.32 - $4,055  
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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$20,717 - $42,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.83 - $18.54  
   
Overtime
$12.78 - $28.76  
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 - $1,689  
   
Profit Sharing
$49.32 - $4,055  
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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$20,717 - $42,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,160
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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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Though some Warehouse Material Handlers move into positions like Operations Manager (where the average salary is $58K), this progression is not the norm. Warehouse Material Handlers typically move into roles as Warehouse Supervisors or Warehouse Managers, and those positions pay $12K more and $13K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Warehouse Material Handler


Warehouse Material Handlers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Inventory Management and Inventory Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 5 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Inventory Control indicates knowledge of 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 who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $32K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $34K on average.

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Experience Affects Warehouse Material Handler Salaries




National Average
$29,000


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National Average
$29,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 183 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 22%