Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Salary
Baggage Handlers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $13.45 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by career length and the particular employer. Though the majority of Baggage Handlers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Nearly one-third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and more than two-fifths claim dental coverage as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$19,578 - $61,084|
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|$20,115 - $54,965|
|Hourly Rate||$9.29 - $24.58|
|Overtime||$10.21 - $47.96|
|Total Pay (||$20,115 - $54,965|
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
- Operate ground support equipment such as tugs, conveyor belts and tow tractors.
- 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.
- Lift, load, unload, and transport baggage, mail, and cargo to and from aircraft carts, containers, and trucks between terminals.
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Pay by Experience for a Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) has a positive trend. An entry-level Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 71 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 25 salaries. An experienced Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 13 salaries. A Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 15 salaries.
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