Porter Salary

Porters in the United States can expect to earn an average of $10.14 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $8.26 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $15.21. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority (87 percent) of Porters who answered the questionnaire are male. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Porters — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one-half lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by around half and dental coverage is claimed by more than a third. The information for this snapshot was generated by 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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Porters do not often transition into Automobile Service Advisor roles. The role averages $40K per year. A common career progression for a Porter is to become an Automotive Mechanic or a Maintenance Technician. Compared to Porters, the first group earns $16K more on average, and the second group earns $16K more.

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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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $22K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $26K. Porters claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $25K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $26K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $22,265

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

Surpassing the national average by 46 percent, Porters in Jacksonville receive some of the highest pay in the country. Porters will also find cushy salaries in New York (+26 percent), St. Louis (+22 percent), Baltimore (+17 percent), and Tampa (+13 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Employers also pay below the national average in 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
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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
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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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