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 $13.37 per hour. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the particular employer are driving factors as well. For the most part, Baggage Handlers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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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Baggage Handlers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $33K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $26K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Baggage Handlers make a median salary of $44K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $53K on average.