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February 27, 2009


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I worked as a package handler for a while. It helped pay my way through college.

Package handlers at FedEx Ground and UPS, at least, do NOT make that kind of money.

Starting is usually around $8.00 + a $.50 raise after 90 days. If you learn the sort (zip codes) you get an extra $1/hr. So $9.50 is pretty much your tops for the first year, and raises are laughable. These wages were all for the DC AND Baltimore metro areas.

I don't know about USPS or DHL package handler wages.

It's hard work, I really am glad I did it, though.

UPS likes to be deceiving. I think that data is for all package handlers... which means a lot of the guys who have been there 10+ years are skewing the numbers.

And they gave a range. So I wouldn't put it past UPS to take a number like $11.01 and then decide to give it as a range of $11-12.

Sorry for the additional comment!

Those package handler jobs can be very hard labor. I've worked in a UPS hub and the amount of work those guys did definitely deserved more than $11-12 an hour in my book. You have to be in good shape with good stamina. At UPS at least they treat that job as a stepping stone to driver so they work you hard for little pay and the people who hang in can eventually work up to the good driver job.

If you're just looking for part time work for a few bucks then most people are better to look elsewhere first.


Definitely worth it. My husband makes at least a couple of hundred bucks a night waiting tables at events in a country club, and more than that bartending. I've made $500 and up bartending or waiting tables on "special" nights like new years eve.

My day job takes me 60 hrs a week, so another job isn't much of an option for me - I couldn't commit to getting anywhere to start my shift, so would get fired pretty quickly :)

The key part of this list is that these are full-time jobs WITH BENEFITS.

My husband used to work for FedEx (Express) back in college as a package handler. It's hard work, but a good workout, AND their benefits are pretty good. I remember him telling me that he worked with a lot of guys who owned their own businesses but put in the extra 15-20 hours slinging boxes for FedEx so they could get good, low-cost health insurance for their families.

Oh, and my husband was making more than $11/hr at FedEx when he finished college - of course, he was willing to work odd shifts, overtime, and take on extra responsibilities.

Interesting note in the NY Times article today about laid-off professionals taking survival jobs:

"In just one illustration of the demand for low-wage work, a spokesman for U.P.S. said the company saw the number of applicants this last holiday season for jobs sorting and delivering packages almost triple to 1.4 million from the 500,000 it normally receives"

So it may not be so easy to pick up those package handling jobs etc, depending where you live.

I looked into getting a part-time second job.

It doesn't pay.

Even at a mere $9/hr for 30 hrs/week I'd have to pay soooooo much more in taxes it would push me and my wife into the next tax bracket (and that was before Obama's new budget) it just doesn't pay!


How much to spin condo sale signs?

Another option might be to get a work at home job doing call center work. There are a few call centers that offer flexibility and if you don't mind working odd hours and have a quiet place. It might give me that 1-2k a month that you need

You just TRY getting a part-time job in this economy. Newspaper job ads are down to less than two columns, including the newspaper's own fluff they insert to make the listings look larger.

I ran into a friend Friday; she told me she posted a "household services" ad on Craigslist. So I went to look it up - and found 236 ads posted on Friday in that category.

Seems people who can't find a job are advertising their services on Craigslist in the forlorn hope of finding an odd job or two.

Oh, and the convenience store where I work has cut back its hours.

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