Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Salary
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.
|Salary||$19,404 - $61,659|
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|$20,268 - $51,594|
|Hourly Rate||$9.51 - $24.34|
|Overtime||$10.30 - $47.51|
|Total Pay (||$20,268 - $51,594|
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.Read More...
Baggage handlers generally work with a team of coworkers in similar positions, as well as with their managers and supervisors. They must follow all instructions from supervisors, provide excellent customer service to passengers, and work effectively with coworkers. Baggage handlers' shifts vary by opening and may include daytime or evening hours; weekend and holiday work may be required.
Generally, baggage handlers must be 18 and eligible to work in the U.S. They also must be able to pass drug testing and a background check, and some positions may require a valid driver's license as well. Previous baggage handling experience may be preferred or required.
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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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.
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