Package HandlerJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends

Package handlers handle all aspects of parcels, from assembling, filling, sealing, scanning, and loading on trucks for delivery. They inspect packages to make sure they contain the correct products or materials and track items to ensure they are delivered safely in a timely manner. A package handler must have an expert eye for detail and be able to follow written and verbal instructions to pack, seal, and load packages quickly and efficiently. They must be able to use scanners to read labels for tracking purposes. 

Package handlers need to have very good communication skills, as well as knowledge of relevant tools and equipment used in package handlings, such as hand tools, forklifts, conveyor belts, wheel rollers, and other loading tools. Package handlers should have a familiarity with computers and be in good physical health to lift packages. They must follow safety procedures at all times and keep accurate records of all incoming and outgoing merchandise and products. Solid customer service and organizational skills are important in this position, as is the ability to troubleshoot and resolve issues with packages. 

Sample job description #1

You are

An individual who enjoys fast paced, physical production environment while developing new skills in the commerce industry. You are a hard-working and vital contributor to our company’s success in meeting productivity standards and customer satisfaction ratings.

You will

  • Fill client orders while maintaining daily quality and production targets by using an RF Scanner to pick products
  • Ship client orders per customer specifications for previously picked products
  • Perform all additional duties as required

Your background

  • The ability to be dependable and reliable
  • A basic enough understanding of English to be able to understand and follow safety and other operational directions communicated in English, irrespective of your native language
  • The ability to work overtime which may include weekends, holidays, and or a different shift with little or no advance notice


  • Prior parcel, fulfillment, warehouse, or equivalent experience

Physical demands and abilities

  • The ability to lift up to 50 lbs. with or without accommodations
  • The ability to walk, stand, stoop, and bend 80% of the time with or without accommodations

Sample job description #2

A Package Handler compiles, scans, seals, and loads various packages before they’re delivered. Their main duties include placing items into packages, confirming packaging labels, and lifting and loading heavy packages into trucks.


  • Manually move material in packages from one place to another. Whether it be from the truck to the end client, from one truck to another, or from one side of the business to another
  • Pack products in boxes by hand and keep a record of the items packed and moved
  • Work with material moving machine operators and material recording workers to handle items and keep a record of items
  • Communicate with co-workers and clients to ensure the safe and on-time delivery of goods. *Companies want packages to be delivered on time and without damage
  • Handle physically demanding movements like pushing, pulling, bending down, and lifting of packages
  • Responsible for handling packages without dropping or other brisk movements that could damage them


  • High school diploma/GED


  • Good customer service skills
  • Good coordination skills
  • Good attention to detail
  • Physical strength and stamina are needed to handle the varied weights of packages for long hours

Sample job description #3

As a member of our team, you’ll thrive in a safety-first work environment where your voice matters. We will empower you to build, grow, and unleash your full potential. You will be recognized for your hard work and commitment, and we can’t wait for you to join the pack!

What you’ll do

  • Fulfillment Specialist do a wide range of warehouse functions; labeling, replenishing, box making, loading/unloading trailers, moving stowed product to various locations using a Forklift and or Movexx
  • Fulfill and organize orders to ensure customer delivery process is efficient and accurate
  • Create accurate shipping documentation for domestic shipments
  • Utilize Power Industrial Trucks, material handling equipment, safely and efficiently, to receive or transport products to storage and staging locations


  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Willing to be trained on PIT equipment (Powered Industrial Trucks)

Average salary and compensation

The average salary for a package handler is $30,000 per year in the United States, with a potential for marginal growth. Salary may depend on the level of experience, education, and geographical location. 

LocationSalary LowSalary High
Phoenix, Arizona$33,000$38,900
Los Angeles, California$36,000$45,500
Denver, Colorado$31,300$37,300
Washington, DC$37,500$44,200
Miami, Florida$31,200$37,000
Orlando, Florida$28,800$36,000
Tampa, Florida$29,000$36,500
Atlanta, Georgia$30,500$36,800
Chicago, Illinois$35,000$42,000
Boston, Massachusetts$37,000$44,500
Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota$30,200$36,900
New York City, New York$38,000$48,000
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania$32,500$38,500
Dallas, Texas$31,600$38,000
Houston, Texas$31,500$37,800
Seattle, Washington$36,200$43,000
National Average Range$28,500$35,000

Sample interview questions

  • Do you have a valid driver’s license and a reliable form of transportation?
  • How do you ensure you have the best customer service?
  • What measures do you take to stay updated on industry news?
  • Why are you applying to be a package handler?
  • How quickly can you learn to use a new tool?
  • Can you lift 75 pounds unassisted?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • Do you see yourself growing with this company?
  • Describe a time you received negative criticism from your boss. How did you handle it?
  • Describe a time you received constructive criticism from your boss. Why was it helpful?
  • What guidelines or materials are you typically given to begin a project like [your company’s work sample]?
  • What roles have you played in your prior experience?
  • Describe a time you worked on a technical writing project with a cross-functional team.
  • Who else did you work with on this project? What were their roles?
  • How much time did it take to complete your biggest project?
  • Describe one of your more successful traits. How do you define success?

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