Baggage Handler (Aviation/Airline) Salary

Men make up the majority of Baggage Handlers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $12.18 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.51 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $22.53. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and geographic location. Job satisfaction for Baggage Handlers is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$18,616 - $48,227

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$9.51 - $22.53

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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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$19,860 - $48,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.51 - $22.53  
   
Overtime
$10.36 - $33.90  
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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$19,860 - $48,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141
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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, 79 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.


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. Baggage Handlers see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $46K.

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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
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

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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