Ramp Agent Salary
Median pay for Ramp Agents in the United States is around $11.55 per hour. Total cash earnings of Ramp Agents range from $19K on the low end to $46K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $1K and $6K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the specific company. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 83 percent of Ramp Agents are male. While just under one in three report receiving no health benefits, more than half do receive medical coverage, and a majority have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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.Read More...
Naturally, a ramp agent is employed at an airport and will work within a team of other ramp agents. The hours can vary, as this is truly a 24-hour/day position. Work is done both inside and outside the airport, and each agent also goes through a background security screening.
A ramp agent may either be an employee of the airport itself or work directly for an airline or vendor. There is a variety of duties and responsibilities associated with this position, including: guiding planes in and out of gates; ground servicing of aircraft; loading and unloading baggage; operation of baggage loader belts; operation of diesel tractors; operation of baggage carts; de-icing fluids on aircraft; and lifting baggage over 70lbs. A ramp agent must be able to work in extreme conditions as well as small spaces - this person is, ideally, in excellent physical condition.
This position generally requires a person who is able to handle a fast-paced and sometimes-stressful environment with quick and urgent deadlines; a ramp agent should also be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with team members and supervisors alike.
Ramp Agent Tasks
- Load and unload arriving and departing aircraft cargo, baggage and mail.
- Clean station facilities.
- Perform water, lavatory and other cabin service and cleaning.
- Park arriving and departing aircrafts.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Ramp Agent
Leading companies who hire large numbers of Ramp Agents include Southwest Airlines Co, Delta Air Lines Inc, Delta Global Services, American Airlines, and Swissport. For Ramp Agents, comfortable salaries can be found at Delta Air Lines Inc; in fact, average earnings are around $41K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($21K versus $47K) is great. Ramp Agents will also find cushy salaries at Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) (+$38K), United Airlines, Inc. (+$34K), and Southwest Airlines Co (+$33K).
Delta Global Services, American Airlines, and Southwest Airlines Co are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($23K, $26K, and $33K respectively).
Pay by Experience Level for Ramp Agent
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Ramp Agents. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $24K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $31K. Ramp Agents who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $49K on average.