Porter Salary

An average Porter in the United States can expect to take home roughly $10.14 per hour. Compensation ranges from $8.26 per hour on the lower end to $15.21 on the higher end. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Porters who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 87 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — half lack coverage. On the flip side, approximately one-half have medical insurance and more than a third receive dental plans. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$15,077 - $41,015
(Median)
$15K
$26K
$41K
MEDIAN: $26,058
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$8.26 - $15.21
(Median)
$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$15,077 - $41,015  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,033  
Profit Sharing
$550  
Commission
$563  
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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$17,247 - $33,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.26 - $15.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.48  
Overtime
$11.48 - $22.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,033  
   
Commission
$563  
Profit Sharing
$550  
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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$17,247 - $33,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 699
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Job Description for Porter

A porter performs basic cleaning and maintenance duties for their organization. They are typically employed by companies that have grounds that need to be maintained; this includes apartment complexes, retirement communities, country clubs, golf courses, and airports, among others. A porter generally perform janitorial duties, as well as helps solve some maintenance-related problems. They are expected to maintain the area under their supervision, keeping it clean of trash and other debris. They might also perform some basic maintenance duties such as changing light bulbs and fixing doors and windows.

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Porter Tasks

  • Provide customers with directions and information on attractions in the surrounding area.
  • Move luggage to and from customer’s room and vehicle.
  • Greet customers, guide them to check-in or their room and explain amenities and services.
  • Bring room service orders to customers and ensure customer needs are met.

Common Career Paths for Porter


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It's not very common for Porters to move on to become Automobile Service Advisors. Average pay for an Automobile Service Advisor is $40K annually. When Porters are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Auto Mechanics or Maintenance Technicians. Those roles pay an additional $16K and $16K, respectively.

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Porters usually report a few specific skills. Maintenance and Cleaning are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Cleaning.

Pay by Experience Level for Porter

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $22K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $26K. Porters see a median salary of $25K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Porters who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $26K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $22,265

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Porters, Jacksonville offers exceptional salaries, 46 percent above the national average. Porters will also find cushy salaries in New York (+26 percent), St. Louis (+22 percent), Baltimore (+17 percent), and Tampa (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Orlando, 16 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (6 percent lower) and Chicago (5 percent lower).

Porter Reviews

What is it like working as a Porter?

Porter in Memphis:
"The Porter Experience."
Pros: There's always a task at hand. Being a Lot Porter, I am responsible for the overall look of the dealership and the physical presentation of the vehicles.
Cons: The pay rate is just little to just enough to pay a bill or two. With the cost of living increasing every year, our pay should accomodate those changes. Being a Porter, we supply the salespeople with the inventory in order to present them to their customers/clients. I like my job, but the pay is horrible.

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Experience Affects Porter Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
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National Average
$22,000


Skills That Affect Porter Salaries

National Average
$22,000

Maintenance
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Cleaning
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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