Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Salary

Pay for Baggage Handlers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $12.02 per hour. In the world of Baggage Handlers, total cash compensation can vary between $20K and $48K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $4K and $6K, respectively. Experience level and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — roughly a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$15,403 - $47,796
(Median)
$15K
$34K
$48K
MEDIAN: $33,500
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50%
90%

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$9.25 - $22.22
(Median)
$9
$12
$22
MEDIAN: $12.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$15,403 - $47,796  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
Profit Sharing
$4.79 - $6,258  
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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$19,584 - $47,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.25 - $22.22  
   
Overtime
$10.57 - $33.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$4.79 - $6,258  
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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$19,584 - $47,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140

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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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Earnings fall especially short at Delta Air Lines Inc, where the median salary of $24K is the lowest in the field, 80 percent lower than the top payer.

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

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


Baggage Handlers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $23K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $31K. Baggage Handlers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $42K. Baggage Handlers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $46K.

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Experience Affects Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$27,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
22%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 25%