Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Salary

A sizeable majority of Baggage Handlers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $12.76 per hour. Compensation ranges between $9.36 per hour and $23.18. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and location. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and between a fifth and a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$18,791 - $51,064
(Median)
$19K
$38K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,000
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$9.36 - $23.18
(Median)
$9
$13
$23
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$18,791 - $51,064  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
Profit Sharing
$4.81 - $7,891  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,836 - $49,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.36 - $23.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.88  
Overtime
$10.79 - $33.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
   
Profit Sharing
$4.81 - $7,891  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,836 - $49,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 146
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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

  • 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.
  • Pick-up and deliver cargo, mail, baggage and freight from various aircrafts, facilities or staging areas.
  • 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.

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Delta Air Lines Inc lags the field greatly in terms of pay, offering a median salary 68 percent less than the top paying company ($26K).

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

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


For many Baggage Handlers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $24K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $31K. Baggage Handlers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $43K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $47K.

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Experience Affects Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 58%

Experienced
up arrow 44%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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