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Package Handler Salary

The average Package Handler in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $10.86 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.79 per hour and $14.44. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the specific employer and geographic location are influential factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Package Handlers are male. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$8.79 - $14.44

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
Hourly Rate
$8.79 - $14.44  
$10.48 - $22.98  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$0.00 - $1,445  
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).
$18,430 - $30,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 394

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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.


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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Many Package Handlers move into an Operations Supervisor role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $49K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Package Handler

Although Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) offers the highest salaries (median pay is $26K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $20K to $32K.

Although United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. hands out the lowest average salary in town at $22K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $18K or as much as $31K.

Package Handlers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Sorting and Packaging are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.


19 %
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 27%