The 10 Best States For Material Handlers In 2019

Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Indiana
  2. Iowa
  3. Michigan
  4. Nebraska
  5. Missouri
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Kansas
  8. Washington
  9. Wyoming
  10. Kentucky

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 you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined the best states to be a material handler

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:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Higher Pay

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 2018:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

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 $32,380 and the average salary in Illinois is $30,140, 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.

1. Indiana

Best States For Material Handlers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 95,010
Average Annual Salary: $30,590
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,820
Average Experienced Salary: $43,280
Location Quotient: 1.56

2. Iowa

Best States For Material Handlers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 27,480
Average Annual Salary: $32,530
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,810
Average Experienced Salary: $47,100
Location Quotient: 0.89

3. Michigan

Best States For Material Handlers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 74,030
Average Annual Salary: $31,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,950
Average Experienced Salary: $43,460
Location Quotient: 0.86

4. Nebraska

Best States For Material Handlers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 16,230
Average Annual Salary: $32,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,040
Average Experienced Salary: $44,470
Location Quotient: 0.83

5. Missouri

Best States For Material Handlers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 46,990
Average Annual Salary: $31,360
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,680
Average Experienced Salary: $46,590
Location Quotient: 0.84

6. Wisconsin

Best States For Material Handlers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 54,750
Average Annual Salary: $33,360
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,950
Average Experienced Salary: $47,470
Location Quotient: 0.96

7. Kansas

Best States For Material Handlers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 21,090
Average Annual Salary: $31,800
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,300
Average Experienced Salary: $44,700
Location Quotient: 0.77

8. Washington

Best States For Material Handlers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 71,690
Average Annual Salary: $34,940
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,790
Average Experienced Salary: $49,270
Location Quotient: 1.1

9. Wyoming

Best States For Material Handlers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,750
Average Annual Salary: $35,990
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,590
Average Experienced Salary: $55,030
Location Quotient: 0.51

10. Kentucky

Best States For Material Handlers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 59,760
Average Annual Salary: $29,720
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,460
Average Experienced Salary: $42,140
Location Quotient: 1.58

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Material Handler

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:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Vermont
  3. Maine

Detailed List Of The Best States For material handlers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Indiana $30,590 $20,820 95,010
2 Iowa $32,530 $20,810 27,480
3 Michigan $31,060 $20,950 74,030
4 Nebraska $32,500 $22,040 16,230
5 Missouri $31,360 $20,680 46,990
6 Wisconsin $33,360 $21,950 54,750
7 Kansas $31,800 $21,300 21,090
8 Washington $34,940 $24,790 71,690
9 Wyoming $35,990 $22,590 2,750
10 Kentucky $29,720 $20,460 59,760
11 Tennessee $29,300 $19,650 95,200
12 Minnesota $35,080 $22,790 43,790
13 Texas $30,530 $19,760 206,200
14 North Dakota $34,470 $23,370 5,950
15 Illinois $30,140 $20,350 158,670
16 Arizona $31,460 $22,520 43,300
17 Idaho $31,080 $19,880 9,300
18 Ohio $30,100 $20,290 119,220
19 Pennsylvania $31,590 $20,740 151,350
20 Utah $30,450 $21,080 23,690
21 Oklahoma $29,320 $18,330 29,810
22 West Virginia $29,470 $20,300 11,770
23 Georgia $28,140 $18,420 121,850
24 Nevada $31,550 $20,570 33,570
25 Arkansas $26,770 $19,290 21,760
26 Mississippi $25,500 $17,490 30,900
27 Alabama $27,140 $18,170 40,510
28 South Carolina $29,010 $19,520 56,600
29 North Carolina $27,860 $18,590 89,310
30 Florida $29,370 $19,290 145,920
31 Louisiana $27,680 $18,000 47,010
32 Colorado $32,010 $22,140 29,280
33 Alaska $38,950 $24,410 4,070
34 Virginia $29,370 $20,250 55,950
35 New Mexico $29,260 $19,020 9,210
36 Montana $30,430 $21,000 4,250
37 Rhode Island $32,690 $22,040 7,810
38 New Jersey $30,280 $19,730 141,660
39 Delaware $28,560 $20,670 4,960
40 South Dakota $28,080 $20,740 6,280
41 Oregon $32,170 $22,580 25,660
42 California $32,380 $23,000 382,280
43 Maryland $32,630 $21,200 44,260
44 Connecticut $32,600 $22,870 28,120
45 New York $33,940 $22,390 130,850
46 Massachusetts $34,020 $24,150 39,190
47 New Hampshire $30,110 $21,250 6,130
48 Maine $28,330 $21,010 5,410
49 Vermont $30,440 $22,830 2,980
50 Hawaii $37,210 $22,770 7,280
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