Ramp Agent Salary
Earnings for Ramp Agents in the United States come in at around $12.14 per hour on average. Final cash compensation to Ramp Agents varies from around $19K to approximately $47K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $1K and $7K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the specific employer and geography are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Ramp Agents. The vast majority of Ramp Agents (86 percent) who took the survey are men. While some workers in this profession — over a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance.
|Salary||$19,417 - $51,282|
|Bonus||$0.64 - $1,479|
|Profit Sharing||$1,500 - $6,500|
|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).)
|$19,301 - $49,997|
|Hourly Rate||$9.15 - $20.38|
|Overtime||$13.41 - $29.63|
|Bonus||$0.64 - $1,479|
|Profit Sharing||$1,500 - $6,500|
|Total Pay (||$19,301 - $49,997|
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. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Ramp Agents. Delta Air Lines Inc pays the most with a median salary of $41K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $21K to a high of $47K. Also paying near the top of the field are Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) at $38K, Southwest Airlines Co at $36K, and American Airlines, 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 $27K is the norm, but it is worth noting that 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
Salt Lake City is home to an above-average pay rate for Ramp Agents, 54 percent higher than the national average. Ramp Agents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+15 percent), Orlando (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), and San Francisco (+13 percent). Compared to the national average, Houston Ramp Agents have considerably lower salaries, 22 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers in Minneapolis and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (18 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).
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