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Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Baggage Handlers earn an average of $12.05 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.23 per hour and $22.33. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but the specific employer and geography are influential factors as well. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, close to one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Baggage Handlers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$15,403 - $47,796
(Median)
$15K
$34K
$48K
MEDIAN: $33,500
10%
50%
90%

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$9.23 - $22.33
(Median)
$9
$12
$22
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$15,403 - $47,796  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
Profit Sharing
$4.79 - $6,258  
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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$19,480 - $47,970  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.23 - $22.33  
   
Overtime
$10.50 - $33.63  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,064  
   
Profit Sharing
$4.79 - $6,258  
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).
)
$19,480 - $47,970  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 142

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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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With a reported median salary of only $24K, Delta Air Lines Inc easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are 79 percent less than the top paying company.

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

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Baggage Handlers. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $23K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $31K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. 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 $46K.

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Experience Affects Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 72%

Experienced
up arrow 60%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 24%
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