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Roy Calzaghe. alias in Orlando, Florida

87 months ago

I work for COMAIR after a year with Airtran. Being a ramp agent/ customer service is hard. It's like you died and you are being punished in hell. You clean Aircraft inside and out. Picture this , it is hard to clean your own car ,what more for an airbus / or a boeing plus their toilet/lavatory filled with filthy puke. AUagh. Their 9 dollars per hour is not worth it. Am studying to become a technician. After 3 more months , I am out of here. Out of Airline hell. NO more heavy bags/baggage excercise. It's like I am training for boxing. I tell you. Ramp agents don't last, unless you are autistic / moron

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Dan in Madison Heights, Michigan

87 months ago

Roy Calzaghe. alias in Orlando, Florida said: I work for COMAIR after a year with Airtran. Being a ramp agent/ customer service is hard. It's like you died and you are being punished in hell. You clean Aircraft inside and out. Picture this , it is hard to clean your own car ,what more for an airbus / or a boeing plus their toilet/lavatory filled with filthy puke. AUagh. Their 9 dollars per hour is not worth it. Am studying to become a technician. After 3 more months , I am out of here. Out of Airline hell. NO more heavy bags/baggage excercise. It's like I am training for boxing. I tell you. Ramp agents don't last, unless you are autistic / moron

Ya or in your case making 9.00hr.

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Southwest LUV in Denver, Colorado

49 months ago

Applied for a ramp agent job little over month ago. Got a email saying the would like to have a phone interview last week on Tuesday. I did the phone interview they then asked for a face to face interview so I schedule it the same week on Friday. After that they told me it could take up to one to two weeks but maybe even Monday to hear back from them for the next process. Monday I got a call from them saying I have been selected to go on to the next round and can I do my drug and finger prints. I said sure and did it all that same day. Now the waiting begins again. Yesterday I got a email from the background people asking for a little help and I responded instantly so there wouldn't be any hold up. So here I am again waiting to hear from the background company if my response helped what they need or if they need more info. Or I am waiting to hear from Southwest.

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John in Chicago, Illinois

49 months ago

Like I said,.. The regionals are no good. You have to understand something about the airline industry. The regionals (who are actually separate airlines called things like Air Wisconsin, SkyWest, Mesa, Shuttle America, Pinnacle, etc) are used to do mainline flying for one reason and one reason only. They do it cheaper than the actual airlines can do it themselves. The reason why they can do it cheaper is because they operate on shoe string budgets and pay crap wages to their employees. They operate renegade management styles. They intentionally keep turn over rates high for frontline employees so as not to have to pay them their 35 cent raises and to prevent any unity from taking place. That's the reality of the regional airline business. It's no place you want to hang your hat as a long term employee. Essentially it's outsourcing of work that would otherwise be done by people with good paying jobs and benefits. It's not much different than when jobs get shipped off overseas to be done with lower wage costs by foreign workers, it's just that it's the low income citizens of our own country who are being exploited instead of foreign workers.

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Larry in Orlando, Florida

48 months ago

You are absolutely right. In the 3 yrs that I've been here, I have heard of talks about unionizing for pilots and FAs but never for us here on the ramp. I also heard that if pilots or FAs went union, the whole company will have to go union much like you guys. If I dont get hired by you guys, I will stay here but I hope we can start the process of unionizing. I know some pilots want to go, but I'm surprised that they havent yet made any headway into unionizing instead of just talking about it.

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John in Chicago, Illinois

48 months ago

Don't wait for the pilots. Lead the charge and unionize the ramp. Contact the TWU and express your interest in organizing. If you guys are unified in your desire for representation, an election can be held and a union will be certified on your behalf. The sooner we can get unions on more properties in the industry the better the future will be for ALL of us.

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jack in Mchenry, Illinois

47 months ago

If you work hard on the ramp at Southwest Airlines...What is a responable time frame to get promted and what is the starting and top pay for a supervisor????????

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jack in Mchenry, Illinois

47 months ago

If you work hard on the ramp at Southwest Airlines...What is a responable time frame to get promted and what is the starting and top pay for a supervisor????????

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John in Chicago, Illinois

47 months ago

jack in Mchenry, Illinois said: If you work hard on the ramp at Southwest Airlines...What is a responable time frame to get promted and what is the starting and top pay for a supervisor????????

Jack, it's sort of difficult to explain but I'll try. At Southwest the ramp is a union job. The pay is on a set scale so regardless of your merits, your pay increases a certain amount each year. A ramp agent begins at a bit over $11 an hour and ends up at $26 an hour.

As far as being "promoted" to supervisor. That's not the typical progression. Typically a ramp agent with any substantial amount of seniority on the ramp is not looking to move into a supervisor position. There is very little upside in forfeiting your union membership, seniority (seniority is everything in the airline industry), and a good amount of quality of life because supervisors do not enjoy nearly the amount of work rules that agents do due to their union backing. There is a raise of about 10% on top of the regular scale, but what you lose in job security and seniority makes it a losing proposition. As backwards as it may seem, it's much more common for new hires to move into supervisor positions very early on (and it works about as well as you would expect). This happens because new hires are not very vested in their agent positions and thereby have little to lose, and also because of their infatuation with achieving a hierarchical improvement in their position and thinking they are some sort of rock star because management courted them for a supervisor position despite being brand new. Little do most know that they do it to nearly any semi-together individual who walks in the door.

Another problem is that the ramp supervisor position is one with no teeth. Most ramp sups learn early on that it's just best to make a LOT of friends on the ramp and stay out of the union reps' hair. They're also reprimanded by management if they receive any union grievances.

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JettingtoMars in US, Virgin Islands

47 months ago

John in Chicago, Illinois said: Southwest is the only worthwhile airline to work ramp in. They have the best benefits, medical, flight, proffit sharing, 401k match, as well as the best pay"

Yeah but also the hardest company to get into. I tried to get in with them for anything, interviewed in person for customer service and turned away based on unsteady employment history to their liking (not even considering that i'm young still). But yeah, if you can score an interview, thats the first step and hardest step with southwest. Worth it if can make it though. And also, should have jobs in your last 10 years that show something for physical labor / hard labor / etc or they probably will not hire that person for ramp. I come from a non-physical work history and turned away within 2 minutes of the phone interview. The recruiter was reiterating over and over, asking me if I understood its not a customer-contact position and there will be no contact or communications with customers for 99.9% of the job.

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LArry in Orlando, Florida

47 months ago

jack in Mchenry, Illinois said: If you work hard on the ramp at Southwest Airlines...What is a responable time frame to get promted and what is the starting and top pay for a supervisor????????

Believe me, from what i hear, it aint worth it being a supervisor. They are non-union and dont get alot of respect from the ramp. Dont know about pay but I know it's hourly and not salary.

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Jetblue Guy in New York, New York

45 months ago

LArry in Orlando, Florida said: Believe me, from what i hear, it aint worth it being a supervisor. They are non-union and dont get alot of respect from the ramp. Dont know about pay but I know it's hourly and not salary.

Jetblue is growth central adding a new destination every few wks. Great benifits and starting pay that surpasses SW airlines by $2.00
401k is 6% match which is still good and free flights as well for yourself, parents, and a spouse or domestic partner or friend. 4buddu passes every quarter. geez JB is great. Still like SW though. These are the 2 best airlines in the biz

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OB in Aberdeen, Maryland

44 months ago

Jetblue Guy in New York, New York said: Jetblue is growth central adding a new destination every few wks. Great benifits and starting pay that surpasses SW airlines by $2.00
401k is 6% match which is still good and free flights as well for yourself, parents, and a spouse or domestic partner or friend. 4buddu passes every quarter. geez JB is great. Still like SW though. These are the 2 best airlines in the biz

Southwest acquired JetBlue in a merger months ago...

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John in Chicago, Illinois

44 months ago

OB in Aberdeen, Maryland said: Southwest acquired JetBlue in a merger months ago...

Ha ha,.. No I think you're thinking of AirTran. JetBlue is still completely independent and a competitor of the now combined Southwest/AirTran airline.

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Andrew in Indianapolis, Indiana

44 months ago

Boy am I ever glad I got hired on as a ramp agent to AirTran when I did... all this I keep hearing about SWA being the best airline, best pay, benefits, all that...
They gave us hiring stats during orientation... AirTran hires WAY more (per application recieved) than SWA (then again, SWA probably recieves more apps). Some stations are probably still hiring as well... so if you want in on SWA as a ramp agent, you probably have a better shot of it by getting in through TRS (AirTran). Since you'd be coming on new, you wouldn't need to worry about your position on the seniority list during the union integration (even though TRS's ramp and CS unions are still brand-new themselves).

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Andrew in Indianapolis, Indiana

44 months ago

Boy am I ever glad I got hired on as a ramp agent to AirTran when I did... all this I keep hearing about SWA being the best airline, best pay, benefits, all that...
They gave us hiring stats during orientation... AirTran hires WAY more (per application recieved) than SWA (then again, SWA probably recieves more apps). Some stations are probably still hiring as well... so if you want in on SWA as a ramp agent, you probably have a better shot of it by getting in through TRS (AirTran). Since you'd be coming on new, you wouldn't need to worry about your position on the seniority list during the union integration (even though TRS's ramp and CS unions are still brand-new themselves).

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VicenteV in Houston, Texas

43 months ago

Hello, I wanted to ask a question! Does anyone know how many hours a week does a Southwest Airlines Ramp Supervisor work??? And if they can also pick up days and hours like non-supervisor Ramp agents. I'm trying to figure out around how much the pay will be. Thanks in advance.

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Vote for Pedro

43 months ago

Jetblue Guy in New York, New York said: Jetblue is growth central adding a new destination every few wks. Great benifits and starting pay that surpasses SW airlines by $2.00
401k is 6% match which is still good and free flights as well for yourself, parents, and a spouse or domestic partner or friend. 4buddu passes every quarter. geez JB is great. Still like SW though. These are the 2 best airlines in the biz

Actually 5% match and while JB gets 8 roundtrip buddy passes a year, SW gets 16.

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VicTX in Tomball, Texas

43 months ago

Hello, I wanted to ask a question! Does anyone know how many hours a week does a Southwest Airlines Ramp Supervisor work??? And if they can also pick up days and hours like non-supervisor Ramp agents. I'm trying to figure out around how much the pay will be. Thanks in advance.

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Andrew in Indianapolis, Indiana

43 months ago

And word of wisedom to those asking about "top pay" and "how long does it take to make x". It's ALL based on seniority & how long you've been there. No one is going to come up to you after 6 months and say "wow, you've been doing an amazing job here the past few months. We'd like to give you a raise." Doesn't work like that. You get an increase after 6 months regardless (at most places, anyway), then every year thereafter. If the airline does well, they may give everyone a percentage increase. If they do poorly, a percentage decrease (non-union. Union, it'll be the same, but with more tug-of-war, paperwork, arguing, and time).
If you're asking what top pay is and how long it takes to make because you're considering this as a career... look elsewhere. If this is the kind of work that interests you, invest in forklift training and work warehouse - it'll pay more.

VicTX - I don't know what SWA's particular schedule is, but most airport jobs run on a 5/2 or 4/3 schedule... 5 8-hour days, then 2 off, or 4 10-hour days, then 3 off. That schedule depends on staffing needs and the flight schedule, and may change within a given year, or by employee-voted choice. (We typically vote for a 4/3 during summer, then are forced to a 5/2 come fall/winter travel season).
I want to say a rule of thumb of a sup's hours would average out to longer than the ramp agents'. They have to cover for each other, or stay late to resolve problems. On the upside, overtime, and the option to leave early if possible.

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Vinny Pachino in Orlando, Florida

42 months ago

Andrew in Indianapolis, Indiana said: If you're asking what top pay is and how long it takes to make because you're considering this as a career... look elsewhere. If this is the kind of work that interests you, invest in forklift training and work warehouse - it'll pay more.

I don't think that's a fair statement... I've done this for almost 6 years now and I still enjoy what I do and don't see myself doing anything else. While I don't necessarily enjoy working for my current employer (non airline), I make enough to live a comfortable life and I also get to enjoy what I do. I have recently applied for a ramp position for Jetblue and if I get lucky enough to get hired, that would be a big upgrade from where I'm at now. Although its advertised as part-time, that's still good enough for me.

While its no SWA, the annual raises and a top pay (I understand this could change at any time) of $19 which is almost double what I'm currently making, yea I can definitely see myself making a career out of this. SWA has been in the game WAY longer than JB and for people looking to work for JB, I'd say better now then later. The company still has lots of room to grow, so why not grow with it.

Sorry if it seems I got carried away with this but, I've just had bad experiences with people who are close to me telling me how I won't go far in life doing what I'm doing and that just isn't true at all. For people who don't care much about this job, then I agree that this isn't for you but, for those who do enjoy doing this line of work, then I say continue doing it and don't let anyone discourage you. If you enjoy ramp work, then do ramp work. Don't do forklift work.

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Samjet in West Palm Beach, Florida

42 months ago

Andrew in Indianapolis, Indiana said: Boy am I ever glad I got hired on as a ramp agent to AirTran when I did... all this I keep hearing about SWA being the best airline, best pay, benefits, all that...
They gave us hiring stats during orientation... AirTran hires WAY more (per application recieved) than SWA (then again, SWA probably recieves more apps). Some stations are probably still hiring as well... so if you want in on SWA as a ramp agent, you probably have a better shot of it by getting in through TRS (AirTran). Since you'd be coming on new, you wouldn't need to worry about your position on the seniority list during the union integration (even though TRS's ramp and CS unions are still brand-new themselves).

Hey how was the hiring process for airtran I apply and the send and emails to do watch the online aurentation an fax a grooming agreement and emails dis person to tell them u have complete everything I did all these thing never heard from them. It was like a month ago.

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Jack in Sydney, Australia

41 months ago

John in Chicago, Illinois said: Southwest is the only worthwhile airline to work ramp in. They have the best benefits, medical, flight, proffit sharing, 401k match, as well as the best pay. Currently a senior ramp agent makes $25.22 an hour. Job security is also top notch. They're the top airline in the industry and in no danger of going anywhere, and ramp agents belong to the TWU 555 union. Which basically means you can't be fired even if the company whats to. You're on a points system which which ranges from -4 to Positive 7. Each time you call in sick for work you are given 1 point, but you can call in 2 days in a row and still only get the one point. Your points reduce by 2 every 3 months. The union contract makes it so that the only reason anyone can ever be fired is if they exceed their point limit, and the only way you can receive points is from attendance. Which means basically it doesn't matter what you do when you're on the job aside from crashing into an airplane, you can't be canned, which is not entirely a good thing actually. Basically, you get a TON of leniency. They're on a hiring freeze right now though so it's nearly impossible to get in, but if you can you've got a good job for life.

The current pay scale is as follows..

10.80
11.47
11.94
13.36
15.09
16.36
17.61
18.49
19.16
20.03
20.89
25.22

A topped out Southwest Airlines ramp agent makes a base yearly wage of $54,000 a year. With minnimal overtime many agent eclipse $70,000 a year.

Keep one thing in mind though. Southwest is a slightly different airline than you may be acustomed to. Being a ramp agent for Southwest is not the typical entry level ramp rat job that it is with many of the other airlines. They have very restrictive hiring criteria, and they expect you to WORK. Southwest turns their flights in 25 minutes flat. That includes the time the plane pulls into the gate till the flight leaves on it's next flight. The complete offload of passengers and

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MR FLYAWAY in Inglewood, California

41 months ago

Lets say you where offer to work at Southwest and Continental/United at the same time. Now you have to start off fresh with both airlines. CO is offering you a Part time slot and Southwest Airlines a full time position. Base on your experience who will you choose.

CO/UA is offering start pay at 12.56 with unlimited hours(max 15hrs per day at strait pay) but you are still consider as a Part time Agent. Great Travel Benefits and you will get the same benefits as a Full Timer. Now a merger with United has taken place. You still don't know the the future outcome of the merger.

WN is offering a base pay of 10.80 to start off. You will start as full time. Now is this a grantee of 40 hrs or 32 hrs as many airlines say? Great Benefits as well but local SW flying benefits too. ( I was just told that you could also work up to 15rs a day at strait pay)

Now lets say you have to choose. WHO WILL YOU CHOOSE TO WORK FOR ???

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obemir in Orlando, Florida

41 months ago

Hey jetblue ,

I want to be a ramp agent. I checked the jetblue website but i couldnt fine this position in orlando. Can you help me ?

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Stove in Baltimore, Maryland

39 months ago

I've been on the ramp for about a month now, it's fairly easy & the benefits are amazing, but I'll have to say, from slinging bags all day, my hands feel like crap. I thought I'd feel it in my back, but from the cold & grabbing handles, my hands were the first to go. I definitely don't see myself on the ramp as long as I have to be, & am baffled by some of the people who have been here 5+ years & work back to back doubles. The ramp is definitely a great stepping stone in a great company though, if you're willing to put in the time. I'm a bit spoiled coming from 10yrs of being a well estabilished entrepreneur & taking a HUGE paycut, for job stability & benefits.

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Jimmy in Millersville, Maryland

39 months ago

Stove in Baltimore, Maryland said: I've been on the ramp for about a month now, it's fairly easy & the benefits are amazing, but I'll have to say, from slinging bags all day, my hands feel like crap. I thought I'd feel it in my back, but from the cold & grabbing handles, my hands were the first to go. I definitely don't see myself on the ramp as long as I have to be, & am baffled by some of the people who have been here 5+ years & work back to back doubles. The ramp is definitely a great stepping stone in a great company though, if you're willing to put in the time. I'm a bit spoiled coming from 10yrs of being a well estabilished entrepreneur & taking a HUGE paycut, for job stability & benefits.

I'm looking to apply for a ramp agent job at BWI for SW

How is it working there?

Right now I'm working as a Supervisor at Starbucks by the BWI and wanna change jobs since I've been at Starbucks for 10yrs (making about 13$-14$/hr) I just think my job is going nowhere and need a change of pace.

Thanks.

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ginade88388 in Atlanta, Georgia

39 months ago

David Reynolds in Stockbridge, Georgia said: I've been working in the baggage room for 8 months. I was hired as a seasonal employee and now I'm Ready Reserve. Our bidding process is coming up in March and I may end up on the ramp which I really don't want so I'm trying to decide whether or not to stay in the industry at all. Any suggestions?

Run Run Run

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Junior78 in Bellflower, California

38 months ago

How many years does it take to make top pay as a United Airlines Ramp agent?

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geriann lewis in Chicago, Illinois

36 months ago

what is current pay scale for United Airlines ramp agent?

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SFgirl in San Francisco, California

36 months ago

geriann lewis in Chicago, Illinois said: what is current pay scale for United Airlines ramp agent?

In San Francisco it's $12.56 per hour. Does anyone know how hard it it to get some time off?

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Jimjohn in Cranleigh, United Kingdom

36 months ago

In UK it is between £9.50/£12.50 ph plus about £90 per week shift pay . This is based on 39 hrs per week . You usually get overtime paid at time and a half or time (Mon till Sat)and two thirds (Sundays bank holidays ). "8days annual leave and about 9 bank holidays ,35 in total . They is also bonuses to be earned accordint to things like turn a round and bags missed . Also one for annual profits . its not unusual for people to earn between £ 35/£40,000 a year .

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Shane in Fredericksburg, Virginia

35 months ago

Hey there, I am fairly new to this ramp job, about 2 months and 14 days with Frontier. I absolutely LOVE it! Its a excellent opportunity to get a "foot hold" of becoming a pilot someday. The pay is descent, about $10.46 part-time.

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Alex in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

35 months ago

What are the statistics of accidents in the ramp? DO you guys considered it a dangerous job? Thanks!

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Colten in Roscoe, Illinois

35 months ago

geriann lewis in Chicago, Illinois said: what is current pay scale for United Airlines ramp agent?

@ ORD somewhere in the $10.40 range. Im always looking too.

I applied at for Delta in Madison, Wi and they offered me $10.85 but it was only ready reserve and i couldnt always be counting on 40 hours. Also wasnt ready to drive 60 miles in the snow!

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the dude in Denver, Colorado

34 months ago

MR FLYAWAY in Inglewood, California said: Lets say you where offer to work at Southwest and Continental/United at the same time. Now you have to start off fresh with both airlines . CO is offering you a Part time slot and Southwest Airlines a full time position. Base on your experience who will you choose.

CO/UA is offering start pay at 12.56 with unlimited hours(max 15hrs per day at strait pay) but you are still consider as a Part time Agent. Great Travel Benefits and you will get the same benefits as a Full Timer. Now a merger with United has taken place. You still don't know the the future outcome of the merger.

WN is offering a base pay of 10.80 to start off. You will start as full time. Now is this a grantee of 40 hrs or 32 hrs as many airlines say? Great Benefits as well but local SW flying benefits too. ( I was just told that you could also work up to 15rs a day at strait pay)

Now lets say you have to choose. WHO WILL YOU CHOOSE TO WORK FOR ???

Chose SW---UAL will furlough you in 6 months.. There's no FT anymore with UAL

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Melb in Atlanta, Georgia

32 months ago

I work in Melbourne,Intenational Airport, FLorida. After working here for 6 years, my pay: $8.51, the new guys that got hired, with the increase of minimum wage got $8.50. We don't have any type of job description, but must follow airline regulations and do their training. We don't have any type of beifits, unless your a Supervisor (2 weeeks paid vaction). To make matters worse, we're hired by a Temp. Agency. Gate Agents hired by the Temp Agency get $11.50, they deal with the public! How many Gate Agents get injured or killed compared to those who work the Ramp. There is no increase in pay, so you can figure on $8.50. This wouldn't be so so bad if they would throw us a bone, flight benifits, pay increase once a year or something. Best of luck to my fellow Ramp Agents. P.S. The worst part is that we make Supervision look good, and they get the bonuses.

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ZetraRat in Downers Grove, Illinois

25 months ago

What is the pay scale UA @ORD? What are the union due if any? How hours of OT are you allowed to have

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FedEx007 in Whittier, California

22 months ago

Gonna have my f2f this Monday for a p/t ramp position at LAX. If your ramp agent pls message me I have a few questions. What are the shifts? I would like to work nights or early mornings. When do start time bids happen andbdo you think I can get the desired shifts? Also what is the average total of hours a p/t ramp agent puts in during any given week? I know weekends and holidays make up a majority of my hrs due to the increase in business.

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Shay88 in St louis, Missouri

21 months ago

Does southwest get paid weekly or bi weekly? And how many buddy passes do they give you?

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yrbamm in Albuquerque, New Mexico

17 months ago

Anyone ramp agent at SWA in ABQ? It might be same everywhere but I was wondering how easy is it to get time off?? are schedules flexible?? I want to work with SWA currently I am with DGS (Delta Global Services) which contracts with Delta, United, Us airways, Jetblue in albuquerque. The pay isn't good but I am actually just in it for the flights. I have other jobs and am retired. I am 54 and can hold my own with the young guys. Its just really hard to get time off with DGS's policy. I only work 2 days a week and won't commit to any more because I don't want to have any other days to try and get off since I can't get the 2 days I work off. I went with Delta because I figured it would be good for the resume when SWA job openings come up. plus I can use the flights. So basically are they good with letting you take off???

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G in Florida

16 months ago

G is back all.... And you were right its not sesonal but it kinda is. Me and a friend went to interviews and were told its full time for SW and we will start in JAN and end in April. When it ends in April we can take a furlough , take severance pay or transfer. If we take furlough we go on a list to be hired at the station were working at, but with very low seniority. So it's not sesonal but you can kinda see why I mixed it up.

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SuperExcited in Hampton, Virginia

9 months ago

They call me Larry in Orlando, Florida said: Thx for that list John, it puts JB to shame. Currently our top out pay is after 10 yrs at $19.75. When are negotiations completed for the pay and does it go into effect right away? Do you guys negotiate every year?

Hi John quick question how often do you get rasies after the first 6 months

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Gerry in Inglewood, California

4 months ago

They call me Larry in Orlando, Florida said: Thx for that list John, it puts JB to shame. Currently our top out pay is after 10 yrs at $19.75. When are negotiations completed for the pay and does it go into effect right away? Do you guys negotiate every year?

Hey John, today I was called for an over the phone interview, and it seems they just might move forward with my application, or at least I hope so.... Currently I am employed with IAS (an indepent airline services contracter) as a ramp agent in LAX. The interview told me that the pay starts at 10.28 an hour and caps at $29 dollars, I'm wondering if the raises that you posed every 6 months or how? I have also just finished my training with IAS and their pay is $16 and hour, is it worth moving to SouthWest or should I just stick with where I am at right now.
I am currently a student as well, and I want to make both work and school manageable the best to my ability

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