Package Handler Salary

Package Handlers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $10.97 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.17 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $14.45. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the individual firm. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but a majority have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Most Package Handlers survey respondents are men (77 percent). Job satisfaction for Package Handlers is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,760 - $39,453
(Median)
$18K
$25K
$39K
MEDIAN: $25,025
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$9.17 - $14.45
(Median)
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$14
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,760 - $39,453  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,350  
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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$19,194 - $30,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.17 - $14.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$12.09 - $22.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,350  
   
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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$19,194 - $30,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 649
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Job Description for Package Handler

The people who help facilitate on-time deliveries for cargo carriers are package handlers; large companies that ship large quantities of goods each day also employ package handlers. The handler's main job is to load and unload packages, boxes, and general freight from trucks or other delivery vehicles.

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Package Handler Tasks

  • Lift and slide packages for delivery.
  • Unload and load packages.
  • Mark, scan and weigh packages.
  • Keep a clean working area.

Common Career Paths for Package Handler


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At the upper end, Package Handlers who move into an Operations Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Operations Managers is a much higher $59K per year.

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With a median salary of $26K, Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) offers Package Handlers the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $20K and are capped at $32K.

United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $23K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $18K and $32K.


Package Handlers only report a few specific skills. Sorting and Packaging are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Package Handler

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


Package Handlers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $23K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $27K on average. Package Handlers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $34K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $37K.

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Experience Affects Package Handler Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 61%

Experienced
up arrow 47%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Package Handler Salaries

Sorting
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National Average
$23,000

Packaging
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
26%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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