What does a Package Handler do?

A package handler is responsible for loading and unloading packages within a warehouse or from delivery vehicles. This position requires the moving, lifting, pushing, pulling, scanning and placing of packages, boxes and other freight goods safely and efficiently following the company's policies and guidelines. Career advancements include supervisory and managerial roles with a potential need for a bachelor's degree being obtained.

Although there is no educational requirement to be a package handler, good oral and written communication skills are a must with a high school diploma preferred. To meet maximum efficiency, the ideal candidate will be self-driven and motivated in providing high performance while adhering to company standards. Due to the nature of the work, there is a physical demand to lift and move heavy weights.

  • Load and unload packages from delivery vehicles
  • Lift and move heavy weights between destinations
  • Carry out work in accordance with company policies and guidelines
  • Sort cargo according to instructions provided as required
  • Work quickly and efficiently while adhering to safety standards
  • Process workload with minimal supervision
  • Ensure packages are not damaged throughout the process
  • Communicate effectively with relevant personnel to carry out tasks
  • Proven experience as a package handler is preferred
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Hardworking and diligent to produce results
  • Self-driven and motivated
  • Diligent in following instructions clearly
  • Able to work efficiently and effectively with minimal supervision
  • Physical ability to lift heavy weights of up to 100lbs
  • Able to work flexible hours including night shifts as required
  • Able to stand and walk around for long hours at a time
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Package Handler Salaries

Average Base Pay

$17 /hour
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $17
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Package Handler Career Path

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Read what Package Handler professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Graphic Packaging InternationalGraphic Packaging International
Picking And Packing
Aug. 3, 2021

“Good pay good job really recommend it especially if you have no kids and want to dedicate yourself to working”

FedEx GroundFedEx Ground
Ground Package Handler
Dec. 13, 2021

“FedEx was not prepared and didn't do much to address safety issues that were present every single day.”

Part Time Package Handler
Jan. 30, 2021

“Job is fun; Helps make you stronger; employees are great to work with.”

Part Time Package Handler
Dec. 9, 2020

“It was good pay for someone in college and it was nice to get the work out of the way in the morning.”

Package Handler
Dec. 1, 2021

“pay isn't great at 1st but once you work 2 years you will get top rate 27$/hr”

FedEx GroundFedEx Ground
Part Time Package Handler
Aug. 25, 2019

“If your looking for part time work this place is great because you work 4ish hours a day.”

FedEx GroundFedEx Ground
Part Time Package Handler
Mar. 7, 2021

“This job was OK for the few years I was here as a college student.”

UPS Part Time Package Handler
Jul. 26, 2020

“Since the day me and others started we've only been given 3 hours sometime 2.5 hours a day because there is not enough work.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a package handler

When working as a package handler, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are English Language, English Grammar, Load Unload, Excellent Communication and Box Truck.

The most similar professions to package handler are:
  • Packer
  • Material Handler
  • Forklift Operator
  • Warehouse Worker

The most common qualifications to become a package handler is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.