Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Salary

Male Baggage Handlers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $12.15 per hour in the United States. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.45 per hour and $22.51. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the company and geography. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Most Baggage Handlers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$17,100 - $51,400
(Median)
$17K
$38K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,000
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$9.45 - $22.51
(Median)
$9
$12
$23
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$17,100 - $51,400  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
Profit Sharing
$4.79 - $7,946  
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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$19,860 - $48,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.45 - $22.51  
   
Overtime
$10.43 - $33.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$4.79 - $7,946  
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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$19,860 - $48,267  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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79 percent lower than the top payer, Delta Air Lines Inc offers a median salary of just $24K, consistently last on the pay scale ladder by far.

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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $23K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $35K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. Baggage Handlers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $46K on average.

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Experience Affects Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 70%

Experienced
up arrow 58%

Mid-Career
up arrow 29%

National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 25%
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