Package Handler Salary (United States)

A typical Package Handler in the United States can expect to take home roughly $10.94 per hour. Compensation starts at $8.70 per hour and can reach $14.19. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by geography and the individual firm. Some workers in this field—27 percent—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by most and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Male Package Handlers far outnumber their female counterparys in the field. The majority of Package Handlers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Package Handler Salary (?
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$8.70 - $14.19
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.70 - $14.19  
   
Overtime
$9.50 - $22.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,237  
   
Total Pay (?
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$18,284 - $30,548  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 287
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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Package Handler

Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) offers the best pay with a median salary of $25,709, though salaries there max out at $33K.
Pay for Package Handlers is the lowest at United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., which has a median salary of $22,095. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $31K. Employees at FedEx Ground and Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) can also expect below-average earnings of $23,697 and $25,709.

Pay Difference By Location

Columbus
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Houston
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National Average
$23,000
Louisville
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With a pay rate for Package Handlers that is 16 percent greater than the national average, Columbus offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Package Handlers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+5 percent). The lowest-paying market is Louisville, which sits 7 percent below the national average.

Experience Affects Package Handler Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$23,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 27%
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