Package Handler Salary

Package Handlers in the United States take home an average $10.88 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $8.92 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $14.46. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by the company and location. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Package Handlers. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 81 percent of Package Handlers are male. While just under a third report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$8.92 - $14.46
(Median)
$8
$11
$14
MEDIAN: $10
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90%

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.92 - $14.46  
   
Overtime
$10.85 - $22.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
   
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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$18,722 - $30,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 437
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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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Package Handlers often transition into Operations Supervisor positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Operations Supervisors earn $49K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Package Handler


Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) pays the most with a median salary of $26K, though there is little variation overall ($20K to $32K).

United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $22K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $31K and scope of pay is rather limited.


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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Experience Affects Package Handler Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 44%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Package Handler Salaries

Sorting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$23,000

Packaging
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
23%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 28%
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