Package Handler Salary

Pay for Package Handlers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $11.35 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the particular city and the specific company. While nearly one in three report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 66 percent of Package Handlers are male. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,768 - $40,359
$18K
$27K
$40K
MEDIAN: $26,650
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$9.79 - $14.74
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MEDIAN: $11.35
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,768 - $40,359  
   
Bonus
$0.43 - $5,089  
Profit Sharing
$450.00  
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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$20,380 - $31,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.79 - $14.74  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.69  
Overtime
$13.19 - $25.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.43 - $5,089  
   
Profit Sharing
$450.00  
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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$20,380 - $31,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,056

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Package Handler


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Package Handlers who move on to become Operations Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Operations Managers get paid an average of $59K per year. Typical career progression for a Package Handler involves becoming an Operations Supervisor or an Operations Administrator, roles that pay $25K more and $17K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Package Handler


Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) pays the most with a median salary of $27K, though there is little variation overall ($21K to $33K).

Package Handlers will find the worst pay at United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $24K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $33K, leaving little room for growth.

Pay by Experience Level for Package Handler

Pay by Experience for a Package Handler has a positive trend. An entry-level Package Handler with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 877 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Package Handler with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 83 salaries. An experienced Package Handler which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 52 salaries. A Package Handler with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 19 salaries.

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Key Stats for Package Handler

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 110 votes.
Less than 1 year
29%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Package Handler Salaries

Late-Career
▲64%

▲39%

▲19%

National Average
$24,000

▼2%

Skills That Affect Package Handler Salaries

▲3%

Unloading
▲3%

Loading
▼0%

Shipping
▼0%

National Average
$24,000

▼1%

Team Leadership
▼2%

Lifting
▼3%

Strength
▼5%

Safety Compliance
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
29%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
no benefits
None: 34%
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