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.

$19,578 - $61,084
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$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $40,588
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$9.29 - $24.58
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$19,578 - $61,084  
   
Bonus
$2,035  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Total Pay (?
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$20,115 - $54,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.29 - $24.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.75  
Overtime
$10.21 - $47.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$2,035  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$20,115 - $54,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 99

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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

  • 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 Level for Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline)

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.

Key Stats for Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline)

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %
Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Salaries

Late-Career
▲68%

Experienced
▲43%

Mid-Career
▲18%

National Average
$31,000

▼14%

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
21%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 32%
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