Warehouse Material Handler Salary
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.Read More...
One key task for the warehouse material handler is helping move merchandise off shipping trucks and into the warehouse. First, the materials handler interacts with the truck driver and the warehouse system to confirm what merchandise should be offloaded; during this process, the material handler also notes any deviations from the intended shipment and makes a record in the warehouse's tracking program. After handling paperwork for merchandise receipt, the material handler starts offloading the truck, a process that may be accomplished with electronic dollies or a forklift. After the merchandise has been offloaded, the material handler builds, secures, and labels pallets. The material handler then uses a forklift to lift the pallet, drive it to a storage location, and make a record in the warehouse system for the location of the pallet so that it can be easily retrieved.
Warehouse material handler positions may require a high school diploma or equivalent. Previous experience in a warehouse environment may be preferred.
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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Popular Employer Salaries for Warehouse Material Handler
Those at Frito-Lay, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $35K.
Popular Skills for Warehouse Material Handler
Warehouse Material Handlers seem to wield many skills on the job. Lucky workers who know SAP Materials Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 62 percent above average. Forklift and forklift driver are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 10 percent and 62 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Forklift Operator. Most people familiar with 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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $28K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $31K. Warehouse Material Handlers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $34K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $36K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.
Pay Difference by Location
Cincinnati is home to an above-average pay rate for Warehouse Material Handlers, 7 percent higher than the national average. Warehouse Material Handlers will also find cushy salaries in Oklahoma City (+6 percent) and Indianapolis (+1 percent). Trailing the national average by 19 percent, Tulsa is the market with the smallest paychecks. Dallas and Louisville are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 18 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively.