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Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Salary

Baggage Handlers in the United States pull down an average of $11.92 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Men make up the vast majority of Baggage Handlers (89 percent) who took the survey. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$18,764 - $48,284
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MEDIAN: $31,188
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$9.24 - $22.08
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$18,764 - $48,284  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,915  
Profit Sharing
$5.11 - $2,500  
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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$19,579 - $47,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.24 - $22.08  
   
Overtime
$10.43 - $33.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,915  
   
Profit Sharing
$5.11 - $2,500  
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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$19,579 - $47,469  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 139
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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.

Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline)


Delta Air Lines Inc pays significantly less than other places with a median salary of $23K, about half the top paying employer's rate.

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

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $22K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $31K on average. For Baggage Handlers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. 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 $46K.

Experience Affects Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 74%

Experienced
up arrow 61%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$26,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
22%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 23%