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Warehouse Material Handler Salary (United States)

For Warehouse Material Handlers, hourly wages usually total $12.82 per hour. Total cash compensation for Warehouse Material Handlers runs from $21K to $42K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $2K and profit sharing that can reach almost $4K. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — just over one in five — do not have any health coverage, a fair portion do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The vast majority of Warehouse Material Handlers (85 percent) are men. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed 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 (?
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$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  
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 not commonly seen, Warehouse Material Handlers who transition into an Operations Manager position may see a rise in pay. The typical salary for Operations Managers is $58K per year. When Warehouse Material Handlers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Warehouse Supervisors or Warehouse Managers. Those roles pay an additional $12K and $13K, respectively.

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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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $26K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $29K. For Warehouse Material Handlers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $31K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $34K. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, a majority land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in four of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one in eight.

Pay Difference By Location

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Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Warehouse Material Handlers in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. Warehouse Material Handlers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+10 percent) and Richmond (+5 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Atlanta Warehouse Material Handlers earning much less — 20 percent less — than the national average. Employers in Columbus and Fort Worth also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent less).

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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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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 186 votes.

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%