Ramp Agent Salary

An average Ramp Agent in the United States can expect to take home roughly $11.84 per hour. Cash earnings for Ramp Agents — including $1K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $19K to $47K depending on individual performance. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and location are driving factors as well. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. Nearly one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Ramp Agents who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 80 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,498 - $50,102
$19K
$32K
$50K
MEDIAN: $32,000
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$9.07 - $20.04
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,498 - $50,102  
   
Bonus
$0.57 - $1,014  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $6,851  
Total Pay (?
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$19,120 - $47,110  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.07 - $20.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.54  
Overtime
$12.92 - $28.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.57 - $1,014  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $6,851  
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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$19,120 - $47,110  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 352

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Job Description for Ramp Agent

A ramp agent is primarily responsible for handling aircraft baggage, as well as loading and unloading luggage onto an airplane and guiding aircraft to and from their gates. While this person is sometimes referred to as a “baggage handler,” the responsibilities and duties certainly extend beyond luggage. A ramp agent is generally required to have a high school diploma (or equivalent), and advanced degrees are not necessarily required. This person must typically be over the age of eighteen and able to lift heavy items.

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Ramp Agent Tasks

  • Perform water, lavatory and other cabin service and cleaning.
  • Park arriving and departing aircrafts.
  • Load and unload arriving and departing aircraft cargo, baggage and mail.
  • Clean station facilities.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Ramp Agent


Southwest Airlines Co, Delta Air Lines Inc, Delta Global Services, Swissport, and American Airlines are top-notch employers for Ramp Agents in this area. Delta Air Lines Inc does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $41K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $21K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $47K. Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), Southwest Airlines Co, and American Airlines are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Ramp Agents earning around $38K, $36K, or $34K at each firm, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include Delta Global Services at $23K and Swissport at $27K, though some Ramp Agents there earn up to $35K.

Pay by Experience Level for Ramp Agent

Pay by Experience for a Ramp Agent has a positive trend. An entry-level Ramp Agent with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $24,000 based on 294 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Ramp Agent with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 52 salaries. An experienced Ramp Agent which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 54 salaries. A Ramp Agent with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 17 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $26,631

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

Surpassing the national average by 59 percent, Ramp Agents in Salt Lake City receive some of the highest pay in the country. Ramp Agents will also find cushy salaries in New York (+18 percent), Orlando (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), and San Francisco (+17 percent). Houston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (16 percent less) and Chicago (12 percent less).

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Key Stats for Ramp Agent

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Ramp Agent Salaries

Late-Career
▲76%

Experienced
▲71%

Mid-Career
▲30%

National Average
$27,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Ramp Agent Salaries

Team Leadership
▲31%

National Average
$27,000

Customer Service
▼4%

Safety Compliance
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 32%