Package Handler Salary

The average Package Handler in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $10.89 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.94 per hour and $14.45. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and geographic location are driving factors as well. For the most part, Package Handlers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a majority have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. Men make up the vast majority of Package Handlers (81 percent) who took the survey. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$8.94 - $14.45

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.94 - $14.45  
   
Overtime
$10.19 - $22.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,468  
   
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 - $30,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 460
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Operations Manager. The latter position pays an average of $59K annually.

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Package Handlers in search of the best pay head to Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), where the median salary rolls in at $25K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $32K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $20K.

United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $22K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $18K to $32K.


Package Handlers report a narrow range of specific skills. Sorting and Packaging are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

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Experience Affects Package Handler Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 54%

Mid-Career
up arrow 21%

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
11%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 29%
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