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.

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,215 - $49,610  
   
Bonus
$0.25 - $1,100  
Profit Sharing
$721 - $5,817  
Total Pay (?
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$18,866 - $46,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.99 - $19.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.29  
Overtime
$12.44 - $29.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.25 - $1,100  
   
Profit Sharing
$721 - $5,817  
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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$18,866 - $46,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 351
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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


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.

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Experience Affects Ramp Agent Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Ramp Agent Salaries

Team Leadership
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National Average
$26,000

Customer Service
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Safety Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
17 %
Male
83 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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