What does a Lead Material Handler do?

Material handlers move products in warehouses and manufacturing facilities, either manually or using equipment such as trucks or forklifts. Their responsibilities may include pulling inventory and moving stock and other materials to fulfill orders, and unloading product deliveries by pulling them off of trucks and putting them on shelves.

There are no specific education requirements, but many employers prefer a high school degree or equivalent. In some positions, material handlers need a certificate to operate a forklift or other equipment. Material handlers need to have stamina and strength since they are typically on their feet for long periods of time and often need to lift heavy products.

  • Load and unload incoming and outgoing materials and products
  • Move materials to and from loading docks, delivery trucks, storage areas, and manufacturing areas
  • Identify and label materials, and record their locations in the warehouse/on the shelves to maintain inventory
  • Prepare finished products for shipment by identifying their location, then pulling, packing, and loading them
  • Operate trucks, forklifts, cranes, and other equipment to move freight
  • Perform and report cycle counts
  • Comply with all warehouse safety rules and guidelines
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 1-5 years of experience working in a warehouse setting or in logistics; experience in operating material handling equipment preferred
  • Certification to ride forklift truck preferred
  • Must be able to work well in a team
  • Ability to read.write and to follow instructions, and work independently with little guidance
  • Ability to stand or walk for extended periods of time; ability to bend and to lift heavy materials
  • Ability to operate computers and relevant warehouse management computer software
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including overtime and weekends
Work/Life Balance
3.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Lead Material Handler Salaries

Average Base Pay

$20 /hour
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $20
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Cilantro Engineering
Material and Tool Storeman
Dec 15, 2021

“I’d say the pay was not the best and that the treatment towards the labour sometimes”

Ryder Intergrated Logistics
Material Handler
Jun 19, 2020

“Not many areas for career development and sometimes cross training allows employees to perform any tasks”

Lee HealthLee Health
Material Handler
Sep 9, 2021

“It was fun and fairly easy; i would often finish quick with my work and my boss wouldn't be a pain about it.”

Smithfield FoodsSmithfield Foods
Material Hamdler
Jul 31, 2021

“Pay is great especially considering most jobs with this type of work only pays about 11 to 14 dollars an hour”

PPI Complaints Handler
Aug 27, 2019

“Good day rate and flexible”

Jan 30, 2021

“If you expect to be recognized and/or compensated for being a valuable team player with a good work ethic and well”

Scot ForgeScot Forge
Material Handler
Sep 24, 2020

“Paid weekly and monthly bonuses based on company preformance.”

O'Reilly Auto PartsO'Reilly Auto Parts
Material Handler
Nov 19, 2020

“Great flexible hours and pay.”

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