Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Baggage Handlers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $12.15 per hour nationwide. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $9.45 per hour and $22.51. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but the specific employer and geography are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. One-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$18,616 - $48,227
(Median)
$19K
$39K
$48K
MEDIAN: $39,305
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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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$18,616 - $48,227  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
Profit Sharing
$4.81 - $7,891  
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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$19,873 - $48,414  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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
$4.81 - $7,891  
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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$19,873 - $48,414  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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Delta Air Lines Inc offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary 79 percent less than the top paying company ($24K).

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

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Baggage Handlers. The average beginner in this position makes around $23K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $35K. Baggage Handlers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. 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 $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 28%

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: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 25%
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