The 10 States With The Highest Material Handler Salaries For 2019

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. Iowa
  3. Nebraska
  4. Kansas
  5. Michigan
  6. Minnesota
  7. Missouri
  8. North Dakota
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Indiana

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 2018 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 $32380, so our index value would be:

$32,380 * (100 / 135.9) = $23,826

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 $39,204 $35,990 91.8
2 Iowa $35,747 $32,530 91.0
3 Nebraska $35,480 $32,500 91.6
4 Kansas $35,372 $31,800 89.9
5 Michigan $34,898 $31,060 89.0
6 Minnesota $34,801 $35,080 100.8
7 Missouri $34,690 $31,360 90.4
8 North Dakota $34,678 $34,470 99.4
9 Wisconsin $34,462 $33,360 96.8
10 Indiana $34,178 $30,590 89.5
11 Idaho $33,745 $31,080 92.1
12 Texas $33,660 $30,530 90.7
13 Washington $33,212 $34,940 105.2
14 Oklahoma $32,869 $29,320 89.2
15 Kentucky $32,839 $29,720 90.5
16 Tennessee $32,774 $29,300 89.4
17 Utah $32,741 $30,450 93.0
18 Arizona $32,102 $31,460 98.0
19 Ohio $32,089 $30,100 93.8
20 Illinois $31,860 $30,140 94.6
21 West Virginia $31,552 $29,470 93.4
22 Pennsylvania $31,153 $31,590 101.4
23 Colorado $30,838 $32,010 103.8
24 Georgia $30,787 $28,140 91.4
25 Arkansas $30,734 $26,770 87.1
26 Nevada $30,542 $31,550 103.3
27 New Mexico $30,321 $29,260 96.5
28 Montana $30,188 $30,430 100.8
29 Florida $29,877 $29,370 98.3
30 Alabama $29,758 $27,140 91.2
31 Alaska $29,710 $38,950 131.1
32 Mississippi $29,685 $25,500 85.9
33 North Carolina $29,669 $27,860 93.9
34 South Carolina $29,243 $29,010 99.2
35 Louisiana $29,198 $27,680 94.8
36 Virginia $29,136 $29,370 100.8
37 Delaware $28,165 $28,560 101.4
38 Oregon $27,828 $32,170 115.6
39 Rhode Island $27,083 $32,690 120.7
40 South Dakota $27,078 $28,080 103.7
41 Maryland $26,000 $32,630 125.5
42 New York $25,908 $33,940 131.0
43 New Hampshire $25,735 $30,110 117.0
44 Maine $25,568 $28,330 110.8
45 Connecticut $25,528 $32,600 127.7
46 Massachusetts $25,502 $34,020 133.4
47 Vermont $25,136 $30,440 121.1
48 New Jersey $24,840 $30,280 121.9
49 California $23,826 $32,380 135.9
50 Hawaii $22,162 $37,210 167.9
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