Porter Salary

The average Porter in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $10.02 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.12 per hour, and the top verges on $15.59. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (86 percent) of Porters who answered the questionnaire are male. Although approximately one-half have medical coverage and more than a third have dental coverage, about one-half claim no health benefits at all. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$15,889 - $42,412
(Median)
$16K
$25K
$42K
MEDIAN: $25,434
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$8.12 - $15.59
(Median)
$8
$10
$16
MEDIAN: $10
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$15,889 - $42,412  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $600  
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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$16,966 - $33,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 31
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.12 - $15.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.15  
Overtime
$11.11 - $24.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $600  
   
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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$16,966 - $33,796  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 486
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Porters move into roles as Automobile Service Advisors, where pay is an average $40K per year. Porters most often move into positions as Auto Mechanics or Apartment Maintenance Technicians; those groups report median salaries that are $17K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Porters who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Maintenance and Cleaning are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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 $21K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $26K. Porters with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $26K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $27K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by 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 (+26 percent), St. Louis (+26 percent), Dallas (+14 percent), and Tampa (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 3 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Los Angeles and Sacramento (2 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Porter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

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
15%
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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