Package Handler Salary

For Package Handlers, hourly average wages total $10.97 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $9.17 per hour to $14.45. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but the particular city and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Most Package Handlers report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Package Handlers who answered the questionnnaire. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,760 - $39,453
(Median)
$18K
$25K
$39K
MEDIAN: $25,025
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$9.17 - $14.45
(Median)
$9
$11
$14
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,760 - $39,453  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,350  
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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$19,194 - $30,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$9.17 - $14.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$12.09 - $22.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,350  
   
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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$19,194 - $30,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 649
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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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At the upper end, Package Handlers who move into an Operations Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Operations Managers is a much higher $59K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Package Handler


Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) offers the best pay with a median salary of $26K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $20K and maxing out at just $32K.

With a median salary of only $23K, United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $18K to $32K isn't that wide, either.


Survey takers who work as Package Handlers report a focused set of job skills. Sorting and Packaging are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Package Handler

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Package Handlers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $23K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $27K. Package Handlers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $34K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $37K.

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Experience Affects Package Handler Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 61%

Experienced
up arrow 47%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Package Handler Salaries

Sorting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$23,000

Packaging
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
26%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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