Men account for the majority of Baggage Handlers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $13.68 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but geography and the specific company are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$19,404 - $61,659
$19K
$41K
$62K
MEDIAN: $41,175
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$9.51 - $24.34
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$19,404 - $61,659  
   
Bonus
$2,035  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$20,268 - $51,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 12
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.51 - $24.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.75  
Overtime
$10.30 - $47.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$2,035  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$20,268 - $51,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 99

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Job Description for Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline)

Baggage handlers (aviation/airline) work for airlines around the country, with individual baggage handlers typically working at one specific airport. Daily duties include lifting, loading, and carrying luggage, as well as driving vehicles and operating carousels. Physical requirements for this position vary, but most employers have a strength test to ensure handlers can carry luggage up to 70 pounds. This work involves regularly squatting, bending, kneeling, crawling, and performing other physical movements that can occasionally be stressful and intense. In addition, baggage handlers' work environment often includes extreme temperatures because of exposure to outdoor temperatures; however, temperature varies by geographic location.

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Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Tasks

  • Lift, load, unload, and transport baggage, mail, and cargo to and from aircraft carts,containers, and trucks between terminals.
  • Read and fill out cargo documents and forms necessary to the operational requirements of the airline.
  • Pick-up and deliver cargo, mail, baggage and freight from various aircrafts, facilities or staging areas.
  • Receive, deliver, weigh and document cargo in a freight specific facility (warehouse) or a loading dock area.
  • Operate ground support equipment such as tugs, conveyor belts and tow tractors.

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Pay by Experience Level for Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Baggage Handlers. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $27K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $35K. Baggage Handlers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. Baggage Handlers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $51K.

Key Stats for Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline)

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %
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Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 66%

Experienced
up arrow 41%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$31,000


Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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