Porters in the United States can expect to earn an average of $10.38 per hour. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the vast majority of Porters (88 percent) who took the survey. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. While some workers in this profession — a little less than half — do not have any health coverage, nearly one-half do receive medical benefits and close to two-fifths have dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$15,056 - $43,278
$15K
$26K
$43K
MEDIAN: $25,813
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$8.68 - $15.40
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$15,056 - $43,278  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
Profit Sharing
$3,587  
Commission
$1,200  
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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$18,288 - $34,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.68 - $15.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.79  
Overtime
$12.14 - $21.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,987  
   
Commission
$1,200  
Profit Sharing
$3,587  
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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$18,288 - $34,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 778

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Porter


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While Porters do not often become Automobile Service Advisors, the job pays $40K per year on average. Career advancement for the typical Porter often leads to becoming a Maintenance Technician or an Automotive Mechanic; median salaries in these positions are $15K higher and $15K higher, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Porter

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


For Porters, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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. For Porters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $27K. Porters who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $22,991

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

For Porters, working in the bustling city of Jacksonville has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Porters will also find cushy salaries in New York (+35 percent), Las Vegas (+13 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), and Tampa (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Employers in Chicago and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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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Key Stats for Porter

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Porter Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$23,000


Skills That Affect Porter Salaries

National Average
$23,000

Maintenance
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Cleaning
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 51%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 46%
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