Warehouse Material Handler Salary

Warehouse Material Handlers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.96 per hour. Total cash compensation to Warehouse Material Handlers bottoms out near $21K and approaches $42K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Warehouse Material Handlers report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Warehouse Material Handlers are male. While just under one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$17,330 - $48,429
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$17K
$32K
$48K
MEDIAN: $32,137
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$9.81 - $18.43
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$17,330 - $48,429  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,507  
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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$20,632 - $41,756  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 94
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Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $18.43  
   
Overtime
$12.61 - $28.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,507  
   
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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$20,632 - $41,756  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,075

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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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There are some Warehouse Material Handlers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Operations Managers, where earnings are an average $59K annually. 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


Warehouse Material Handlers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Inventory Management, Inventory Control, Shipping, and forklift are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Receiving. Those familiar with Inventory Control also tend to know 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $26K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $29K. Warehouse Material Handlers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $32K. Warehouse Material Handlers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $33K.

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Experience Affects Warehouse Material Handler Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Warehouse Material Handler Salaries


Inventory Control
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Shipping
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National Average
$29,000

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Receiving
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 22%