Men account for the majority of Baggage Handlers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $13.37 per hour. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the particular employer are driving factors as well. For the most part, Baggage Handlers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$15,456 - $61,084
(Median)
$15K
$42K
$61K
MEDIAN: $42,000
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50%
90%

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$9.49 - $24.34
(Median)
$9
$13
$24
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$15,456 - $61,084  
   
Bonus
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
Total Pay (?
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$19,937 - $53,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 13
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.49 - $24.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.13  
Overtime
$10.77 - $31.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$2,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,500  
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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$19,937 - $53,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline)

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


Baggage Handlers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $33K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $26K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Baggage Handlers make a median salary of $44K. 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 $53K on average.

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Experience Affects Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 42%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$31,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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