Package Handlers in the United States take home an average $11.25 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though geography and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Package Handlers who answered the questionnnaire. While some workers in this profession — one in three — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$17,592 - $40,588
(Median)
$18K
$25K
$41K
MEDIAN: $25,041
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50%
90%

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$9.71 - $14.68
(Median)
$9
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $11.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$17,592 - $40,588  
   
Bonus
$393.05  
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$20,221 - $31,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.71 - $14.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.40  
Overtime
$13.02 - $26.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$393.05  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00  
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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$20,221 - $31,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 910
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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 who transition into an Operations Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $59K per year. Typical career progression for a Package Handler involves becoming an Operations Supervisor or an Operations Administrator, roles that pay $25K more and $17K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Package Handler


Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) offers the best pay with a median salary of $27K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $21K and maxing out at just $32K.

Employees at United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $24K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $21K and quickly nearing the top at only $33K.

Pay by Experience Level for Package Handler

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Package Handlers. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $23K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $29K. Package Handlers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $34K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $40K on average.

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Experience Affects Package Handler Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 68%

Experienced
up arrow 42%


National Average
$24,000


Skills That Affect Package Handler Salaries

Sorting
up arrow 4%

Shipping
up arrow 3%

National Average
$24,000

Packaging
up arrow 1%

Lifting
up arrow 2%

Team Leadership
up arrow 2%

Strength
up arrow 7%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
27%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
5%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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