Material Handler Salary
|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).)
|$22,752 - $45,700|
|Hourly Rate||$10.56 - $19.03|
|Overtime||$15.39 - $27.74|
|Bonus||$299 - $3,536|
|Profit Sharing||$49.32 - $4,543|
|Total Pay (||$22,752 - $45,700|
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.Read More...
The job requirements vary depending on the types of material involved and the department in which the employee works. It is common that material handlers are expected to handle between 45 and 70 pounds of product on their own. Applicants are sometimes required to be familiar with common material handling equipment, such as pallet jacks, forklifts, and hand trucks. While the job is mostly physical, there is usually some paperwork involved, since the movement of merchandise must often be documented at both the origin and destination points. Basic arithmetic skills are needed to verify that the quantities of product are correct. Most material handling jobs require a high school diploma.
Since material handlers are needed in any industry in which goods are physically moved, the shifts and types of positions available vary enormously. These positions can be either full-time or part-time, and many of them allow for overtime opportunities. There are many different shifts available, some during the day and some at night.
Most material handlers work indoors as part of a team. Typically, they are supervised by a warehouse manager or shift supervisor. Depending on the needs of the company, material handlers may have to communicate effectively with suppliers, freight companies, customers, and vendors. Within the place of employment, it is often necessary for material handlers to deal with employees in different departments of the company, such as receiving, production, and customer service. Because of this need to interact with others, communication skills are often important. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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
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.
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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
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).
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