Material Handler

Average Material Handler Salary Nationwide

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Overview and Basic Information


In a production environment, the material handler is the person who works to bring everything together. In every stage of the production process, the material handler is at work moving materials and inventory from one stage to another. Without a person as a material handler, pieces would sit unfinished and production would be much slower than normal.

Example material handler job description

Our company is seeking a detail-oriented, organized and punctual individual to fill the open role of material handler. The material handler is responsible for maintaining the production process and distributing the necessary materials to the appropriate locations. The ideal candidate for this position is a person who thrives on order and works well in a repetitive, goal-oriented role. If you are dedicated to getting your job done on time and according to plan, we want you to apply!

Typical duties include:

  • Regularly move materials using heavy machinery throughout the production areas

  • Handle pallets and boxes using pallet jacks, forklifts and other moving tools throughout the production facilities

  • Keep a detailed inventory of all supplies and materials for the production process

  • Maintain records of material placement and storage

  • Supervise loading docks and material storage areas

  • Correctly label all materials according to company code

  • Work closely with production crews to verify all work orders

  • Prepare inventory for product deliveries and assist with loading delivery trucks

  • Manage and maintain production and material handling equipment

  • Place orders for necessary repairs with the maintenance crew

  • Schedule orders for new materials based on current production demands and inventory

  • Inspect all new materials for defects before making them available for production

  • Assist production crew with other duties as needed


  • Previous warehouse, production or inventory management experience

  • High school diploma or GED

  • Ability to prioritize tasks and keep a detailed schedule

  • Ability to meet OSHA requirements for safety in the work environment

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Data analysis

  • Desire to work as part of a team

  • Able to work on feet for an extended period of time

  • Able to regularly lift heavy objects up to 50 lbs

  • Basic computer and mathematics skills

  • Ability to work nights and weekends as necessary

Preferred qualifications:

  •  Forklift certification  

  • 2-5 years experience as a material handler

Common questions about material handler jobs

How much does a material handler make?

Material handlers are employed both part-time and full-time and make, on average, $17.24 per hour.

What are the education requirements?

Most companies require material handlers have a high school diploma or GED and prefer additional certifications for operating heavy machinery. 

Career paths for material handlers

With the appropriate training, material handlers have the opportunity to move into other exciting roles such as construction equipment operators or railroad operators. 

The future of material handlers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, positions for material handlers will grow by 4% over the next 10 years, which is slower than most other occupations.

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