Porter Salary

Median pay for Porters in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $10.02 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.13 per hour on the lower side but can approach $15.57 on the higher side. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Though the majority of Porters do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. While some workers in this profession — about one-half — do not have any health coverage, close to one-half do receive medical benefits and over a third have dental insurance. Porters who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 86 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$15,373 - $42,085
(Median)
$15K
$25K
$42K
MEDIAN: $25,014
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$8.13 - $15.57
(Median)
$8
$10
$16
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$15,373 - $42,085  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $608  
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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$16,949 - $33,754  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.13 - $15.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.15  
Overtime
$11.15 - $23.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $608  
   
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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$16,949 - $33,754  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 488
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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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Porters do not often transition into Automobile Service Advisor roles. The role averages $40K per year. The most common next step for a Porter is to become an Automotive Mechanic or an Apartment Maintenance Technician. The former position pays an additional $17K per year on average, and the latter position pays $9K more per year.

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Survey results show that Porters typically report just a few professional skills. Maintenance and Cleaning are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cleaning.

Pay by Experience Level for Porter

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $21K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $26K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $26K in this role. Porters who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $27K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Porters in Jacksonville enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 51 percent above the national average. Porters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+27 percent), St. Louis (+26 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), and Tampa (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Houston, 3 percent below the national average. Employers in Los Angeles and Sacramento also lean toward paying below-median salaries (2 percent lower and 1 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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Experience Affects Porter Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
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National Average
$22,000


Skills That Affect Porter Salaries

Maintenance
0%

National Average
$22,000

Cleaning
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 50%
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