Material Handler Salary

For Material Handlers, hourly average wages total $13.82 per hour. Total cash compensation to Material Handlers approaches anywhere from $23K on the lower end to $45K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $4K from bonuses and upwards of $4K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Male Material Handlers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,958 - $55,035
$23K
$37K
$55K
MEDIAN: $37,182
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$10.56 - $19.03
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MEDIAN: $13.93
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$0$55K
Salary $22,958 - $55,035
Bonus $299 - $3,536
Profit Sharing $49.32 - $4,543
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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$22,752 - $45,700
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 160
Hourly Data $0$27
Hourly Rate $10.56 - $19.03
Hourly Tips $1.23
Overtime $15.39 - $27.74
Annual Data $0$45K
Bonus $299 - $3,536
Profit Sharing $49.32 - $4,543
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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$22,752 - $45,700
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,606

Job Description for Material Handler

Material handlers work in warehouses and other merchandise distribution points. They frequently move products to where they are needed most, whether that be from the production line to storage areas or from storage areas to shipment points for delivery to customers.

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Material Handler Tasks

  • Inspect documents that are present from external suppliers.
  • Perform filling work orders in a timely manner.
  • Maintain inventory management of the sub-inventory.
  • Call vendors for pick ups or returns.
  • Perform packaging, handling, transportation and other related shipping duties.

Common Career Paths for Material Handler


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Material Handlers who advance into the role of an Operations Manager are fairly uncommon. Operations Managers on average earn $59K per year. Material Handlers typically move into roles as Manufacturing Production Planners or Production Supervisors, and those positions pay $19K more and $20K more, respectively.

Material Handler Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Material Handler


Known for taking on a considerable number of Material Handlers, Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), XPO Logistics, McKesson Corp., Frito-Lay, Inc., and Eaton Corporation are leading firms in the industry. For Material Handlers, comfortable salaries can be found at Halliburton Energy Services; in fact, median earnings sit around $49K, the highest in the area. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Frito-Lay, Inc., Johnson Controls Inc, and Quad/Graphics Inc, where Material Handlers typically earn around $40K, $38K, or $38K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Alro Steel Corporation at $27K, and XPO Logistics where $27K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Material Handlers there earn up to $43K.

Popular Skills for Material Handler


Material Handlers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Logistics, Inventory Management, SAP Materials Management, and Data Entry are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Fork lift, forklift driver, and forklift. Those familiar with Inventory Control also tend to know Inventory Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Material Handler

Pay by Experience for a Material Handler has a positive trend. An entry-level Material Handler with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 1,636 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Material Handler with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 687 salaries. An experienced Material Handler which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 604 salaries. A Material Handler with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 215 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $31,182

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Material Handlers, Houston provides a pay rate that is 19 percent greater than the national average. Material Handlers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+12 percent) and Portland (+9 percent). In Charlotte, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Memphis and Richmond (11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Material Handler Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Material Handler?

Material Handler in San Diego:
"It's a good company."
Pros: I like that there is no push to make you get your job done. You are not held to a specific rate for each job you are to complete. And I also like that overtime is all voluntary even weekend overtime.
Cons: The supervisor does not speak English very well and he always gets frustrated when you don't understand him. Also he picks out the bad things about the way you do your job, even if you get it done perfectly find and right, he still find something you are doing that is wrong to him.

Material Handler in Petersburg:
"Great company horrible employees."
Pros: Great management. Incentive pay is good during summer season. Employee recognition is great.
Cons: Certain coworkers tend not to show up whenever they don't feel like it and still are employed.

Material Handler in McDonough:
"Fast paced, physical labor, high volume work."
Pros: The benefits, pay, voluntary overtime, paid holidays.
Cons: Being micromanaged at times, poor management skills or leadership.

Material Handler in Cary:
"Very good job."
Pros: Not controlled, can work at the pace the you want.
Cons: A lot of walking, not very temperature controlled environment.

Material Handler in Cincinnati:
"The best job I ever..."
Pros: I get paid for preparing material for hot dip galvanizing. Hanging items on a over head rack which carries material for processing. Great work.
Cons: This author does not have any bad experiences for this job. If this author would have found this position earlier in life, many dead end jobs could have been prevented.

Material Handler in Fort Lauderdale:
"Challenging."
Pros: The people.
Cons: Pay.

Material Handler in Sturgis:
Pros: Very active. Lots of work. The people are good.
Cons: Does not pay enough for all the work I do. Not managed very well.

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Key Stats for Material Handler

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 461 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Experience Affects Material Handler Salaries

▲18%

▲10%

▼0%

National Average
$31,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Material Handler Salaries

▲8%



▲2%


▲2%


▲1%


▼0%

National Average
$31,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼3%


▼9%

forklift driver
▼14%

Fork lift
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 461 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 18%