These Are The 10 Highest Material Handler Salaries By State

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do material handlers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for material handlers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for material handlers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for material handlers after this adjustment? That would be Laborers And Freight, Stock, And Material Movers, Hand.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Wyoming
  2. North Dakota
  3. Kansas
  4. Iowa
  5. Indiana
  6. Missouri
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Michigan
  9. Nebraska
  10. Oklahoma

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for material handlers from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $29800, so our index value would be:

$29,800 * (100 / 135.9) = $21,927

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for material handlers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Material Handler Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Wyoming $36,579 $33,580 91.8
2 North Dakota $32,716 $32,520 99.4
3 Kansas $32,491 $29,210 89.9
4 Iowa $32,362 $29,450 91.0
5 Indiana $32,357 $28,960 89.5
6 Missouri $32,245 $29,150 90.4
7 Wisconsin $32,241 $31,210 96.8
8 Michigan $31,977 $28,460 89.0
9 Nebraska $31,844 $29,170 91.6
10 Oklahoma $31,513 $28,110 89.2
11 Minnesota $31,498 $31,750 100.8
12 Tennessee $30,872 $27,600 89.4
13 Utah $30,784 $28,630 93.0
14 Washington $30,750 $32,350 105.2
15 Kentucky $30,707 $27,790 90.5
16 Texas $30,540 $27,700 90.7
17 Idaho $30,152 $27,770 92.1
18 Illinois $30,095 $28,470 94.6
19 Pennsylvania $29,990 $30,410 101.4
20 Ohio $29,946 $28,090 93.8
21 Georgia $29,573 $27,030 91.4
22 Arizona $29,285 $28,700 98.0
23 Montana $29,156 $29,390 100.8
24 Arkansas $28,840 $25,120 87.1
25 Mississippi $28,603 $24,570 85.9
26 West Virginia $28,554 $26,670 93.4
27 Nevada $28,383 $29,320 103.3
28 North Carolina $28,242 $26,520 93.9
29 New Mexico $28,207 $27,220 96.5
30 Alaska $28,123 $36,870 131.1
31 Louisiana $28,111 $26,650 94.8
32 Colorado $28,034 $29,100 103.8
33 Delaware $27,938 $28,330 101.4
34 Virginia $27,470 $27,690 100.8
35 South Carolina $27,469 $27,250 99.2
36 Florida $27,446 $26,980 98.3
37 Alabama $26,896 $24,530 91.2
38 Oregon $26,038 $30,100 115.6
39 Rhode Island $25,161 $30,370 120.7
40 Maine $25,117 $27,830 110.8
41 South Dakota $25,091 $26,020 103.7
42 Connecticut $24,526 $31,320 127.7
43 New Hampshire $24,290 $28,420 117.0
44 Maryland $24,000 $30,120 125.5
45 New Jersey $23,773 $28,980 121.9
46 Massachusetts $23,538 $31,400 133.4
47 Vermont $23,410 $28,350 121.1
48 New York $23,145 $30,320 131.0
49 California $21,927 $29,800 135.9
50 Hawaii $21,286 $35,740 167.9
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