Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Salary

Men account for the majority of Baggage Handlers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $12.76 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.36 per hour to $23.18. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but the company and geography are influential factors as well. Most Baggage Handlers report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$18,791 - $51,064
(Median)
$19K
$38K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,000
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$9.36 - $23.18
(Median)
$9
$13
$23
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$18,791 - $51,064  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
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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$19,836 - $49,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.36 - $23.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.88  
Overtime
$10.79 - $33.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
   
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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$19,836 - $49,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 146
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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 employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $26K, 68 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.


For many Baggage Handlers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $24K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $31K. Baggage Handlers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $47K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 58%

Experienced
up arrow 44%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$30,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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