Warehouse Material Handler Salary

Pay for Warehouse Material Handlers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $12.98 per hour. In the world of Warehouse Material Handlers, overall income ranges from $21K near the bottom to $42K at the top; this can include more than $1K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Warehouse Material Handlers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in five — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Warehouse Material Handlers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,099 - $48,719
(Median)
$17K
$32K
$49K
MEDIAN: $32,085
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$9.79 - $18.39
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$13
$18
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$17,099 - $48,719  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,483  
Profit Sharing
$20.00 - $5,000  
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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$20,615 - $41,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 89
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.79 - $18.39  
   
Overtime
$12.29 - $28.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,483  
   
Profit Sharing
$20.00 - $5,000  
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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$20,615 - $41,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,043
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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. Becoming a Warehouse Supervisor or a Material Handler is, however, a more typical career progression for Warehouse 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, Picking, and Forklift Operator are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in 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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $26K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $29K. Warehouse Material Handlers see a median salary of $32K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Warehouse Material Handlers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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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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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: 21%
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