Material Handlers are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as material handlers in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since material handlers are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where material handlers have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for material handlers.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s material handlers:
So there you have it — Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand is the best of the best when it comes to being a material handler.
How did Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for material handlers and for more on the top ten states.
If youre interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best states for material handlers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well material handlers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for material handlers in California is $29,800 and the average salary in Illinois is $28,470, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for material handlers in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for material handlers.
Total Jobs: 72,920
Average Annual Salary: $28,960
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,070
Average Experienced Salary: $41,500
Location Quotient: 1.32
Total Jobs: 8,380
Average Annual Salary: $32,520
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,670
Average Experienced Salary: $46,400
Location Quotient: 1.07
Total Jobs: 29,100
Average Annual Salary: $29,450
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,300
Average Experienced Salary: $41,920
Location Quotient: 1.03
Total Jobs: 52,690
Average Annual Salary: $31,210
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,290
Average Experienced Salary: $45,240
Location Quotient: 1.02
Total Jobs: 47,610
Average Annual Salary: $29,150
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,690
Average Experienced Salary: $43,720
Location Quotient: 0.94
Total Jobs: 53,020
Average Annual Salary: $27,790
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,520
Average Experienced Salary: $41,160
Location Quotient: 1.54
Total Jobs: 19,600
Average Annual Salary: $29,210
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,120
Average Experienced Salary: $42,060
Location Quotient: 0.77
Total Jobs: 145,060
Average Annual Salary: $28,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,860
Average Experienced Salary: $44,450
Location Quotient: 1.33
Total Jobs: 3,230
Average Annual Salary: $33,580
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,630
Average Experienced Salary: $50,260
Location Quotient: 0.63
Total Jobs: 71,450
Average Annual Salary: $28,460
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,010
Average Experienced Salary: $40,740
Location Quotient: 0.92
If you’re looking to start out your career as a material handler these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a material handler in America:
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