Warehouse Material Handler Salary (United States)

Hourly pay for Warehouse Material Handlers in the United States typically comes in around $12.82 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.81 per hour to $18.32. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Some workers in this field—about a quarter—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by most and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Warehouse Material Handlers are largely men, dominating the profession at 85 percent. Work is enjoyable for Warehouse Material Handlers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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$9.81 - $18.32
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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  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$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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While Warehouse Material Handlers do not often become Operations Managers, the ones that do transition make an extra $30K per year. It is quite typical for Warehouse Material Handlers to transition into roles as Warehouse Supervisors or Warehouse Managers, where expected earnings are an additional $11,756 or $13,266 per year.

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Popular Skills for Warehouse Material Handler

Warehouse Material Handlers note just a narrow range of job skills. Inventory Management and Inventory Control are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 4 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.
Warehouse Material Handlers do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $26K to $29K. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $31K. Salaries grow more slowly as Warehouse Material Handlers approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $34K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within it.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Warehouse Material Handlers, 16 percent above the national average. Warehouse Material Handlers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+10 percent) and Richmond (+5 percent). Compared to the national average, Atlanta Warehouse Material Handlers have considerably lower salaries, 20 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Columbus and Fort Worth (-8 percent and -8 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Warehouse Material Handler Salaries

National Average
$29,000

Skills That Affect Warehouse Material Handler Salaries

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$29,000

Job Satisfaction

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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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