Earnings for Package Handlers in the United States come in at around $11.33 per hour on average. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though the particular city and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. While close to one-third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Package Handlers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the majority of Package Handlers (69 percent) survey respondents. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,768 - $40,359
$18K
$25K
$40K
MEDIAN: $25,053
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50%
90%

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$9.76 - $14.72
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,768 - $40,359  
   
Bonus
$0.39 - $5,129  
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$20,335 - $31,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.76 - $14.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.28  
Overtime
$13.38 - $25.86  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.39 - $5,129  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$20,335 - $31,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 974

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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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As Package Handlers transition into upper-level roles such as Operations Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Operations Managers earn $59K on average per year. Operations Supervisors or Operations Administrators are common next-step roles for Package Handlers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Operations Supervisors is $25K higher on average, and it's $17K higher for Operations Administrators.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Package Handler


Employees at Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $27K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $21K and higher ones not far away at only $33K.

Employees at United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $23K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $21K and quickly nearing the top at only $33K.

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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $24K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $29K. Package Handlers see a median salary of $34K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $40K.

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Key Stats for Package Handler

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.
Less than 1 year
28%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Package Handler Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$24,000


Skills That Affect Package Handler Salaries

Loading
up arrow 6%

Unloading
up arrow 3%

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Shipping
0%

National Average
$24,000


Team Leadership
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Lifting
up arrow 4%

Strength
up arrow 8%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
28%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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