Package Handler Salary
|Salary||$19,265 - $41,443|
|Bonus||$0.57 - $518|
|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).)
|$20,433 - $31,900|
|Hourly Rate||$9.81 - $14.72|
|Overtime||$13.35 - $25.39|
|Bonus||$0.57 - $518|
|Total Pay (||$20,433 - $31,900|
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.Read More...
The vast majority of package handlers work at the end of the shipping process in local sorting facilities. They may be tasked with loading delivery trucks according to the freight company's guidelines for weights and shapes of cargo. The handler may also unload incoming freight trucks at such a facility, helping to sort the offloaded cargo for final distribution onto the trucks. At larger companies that ship a high volume of goods, the package handler has a similar role. They work in a warehouse sorting packages by destination and then loading them onto freight vehicles for longer-distance transportation to hubs or local sorting facilities. For all employers, the package handler is expected to work quickly and against par loading times to achieve maximum efficiency.
Package handlers do not typically need much formal education, although the ability to read and write is important. Handlers perform physical labor and must be able to comfortably lift packages that may weigh as much as 50 to 100 pounds. They also typically need to lift from a variety of lifting positions. This is typically an entry-level position that begins as part-time shift work during day or evening hours. Promotion usually involves gaining more hours and working more daytime shifts. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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
Package Handlers might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Operations Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $59K per year. The most common next step for a Package Handler is to become an Operations Supervisor or an Operations Administrator. The former position pays an additional $25K per year on average, and the latter position pays $17K more per year.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Package Handler
Package Handlers in search of the best pay head to Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), where the median salary rolls in at $27K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $33K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $21K.
United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $24K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $33K.
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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