Ramp Agent Salary
Ramp Agents in the United States can expect wages of $11.71 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Ramp Agents approaches anywhere from $19K on the lower end to $47K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $1K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and geographic location are driving factors as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Ramp Agents — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (80 percent) of Ramp Agents who answered the questionnaire are male. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for 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
Southwest Airlines Co, Delta Air Lines Inc, Delta Global Services, Swissport, and American Airlines are top-notch employers for Ramp Agents in this area. Although Delta Air Lines Inc heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $41K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $21K to $47K. Also paying near the top of the field are Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) at $38K, Southwest Airlines Co at $34K, and United Airlines, Inc., where Ramp Agents annually earn $34K.
Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Delta Global Services at $23K, and Swissport where $23K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Ramp Agents there earn up to $35K.
Pay by Experience Level for Ramp Agent
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Ramp Agents with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $24K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $33K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. Ramp Agents with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $49K.
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