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Package Handler Salary

Package Handlers in the United States pull down an average of $10.87 per hour. Compensation ranges from $8.85 per hour on the lower end to $14.47 on the higher end. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by geography and the individual firm. For the most part, Package Handlers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — roughly one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. Men make up the vast majority of Package Handlers (81 percent) who took the survey. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$8.85 - $14.47

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$8.85 - $14.47  
$10.85 - $23.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0.00 - $1,445  
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).
$18,586 - $30,875  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 406

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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.


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 move on to become Operations Supervisors may enjoy significant pay raises, as Operations Supervisors get paid an average of $49K per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Package Handler

Although the highest salaries can be found at Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) where median pay is $26K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $21K and $32K.

The pay scale is far from balanced at United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc.. While salaries on one end can reach $31K, the company's median pay sits at $22K, the lowest in the field.

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.

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.


19 %
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 26%