Package Handler Salary

The average Package Handler in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $10.89 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $8.92 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $14.53. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by experience level, followed by the specific employer and location. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. The vast majority of Package Handlers (81 percent) who took the survey are men. Work is enjoyable for Package Handlers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$8.92 - $14.53
(Median)
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $10
10%
50%
90%

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.92 - $14.53  
   
Overtime
$10.19 - $22.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,462  
   
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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$18,687 - $30,882  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 449
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Operations Supervisor, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $49K per year.

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With a median salary of $26K, Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) offers Package Handlers the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $20K and are capped at $32K.

The smallest paychecks can be found at United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc. — the median salary there is $22K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $18K and $32K.


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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Experience Affects Package Handler Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 53%

Mid-Career
up arrow 22%

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: 56% employee benefits None: 28%
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