gregjet
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Ramp Rats

Sat Dec 21, 2002 2:24 pm

first i wanted to know what is a ramprat second i would like to know what do they do a third who much would you get paid an hour and what kind of hours do you work
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tzsfo
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RE: Ramp Rats

Sat Dec 21, 2002 3:22 pm

Hee Hee hee.....a ramp rat....oh my

A "ramprat" is a slang term for a ramp agent.
They are responsible for a lot of different things at different airlines but their main responsibility is to load and unload baggage from the aircraft. You can expect, depending on the location and the employer (airline vs. ground handler) to make from $7 -$12 an hour to start.
Hope this helps....

TZ
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elwood64151
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RE: Ramp Rats

Sat Dec 21, 2002 3:37 pm

Um, expect to be earning a little closer to $7 an hour. Most airlines start at $8-$9 an hour. Southwest tops out at about $24, American at $22, AirTran at $15.50, MidWest Express at about $16.

(All those numbers were "last I'd heard". They may have changed.)
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tzsfo
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RE: Ramp Rats

Sat Dec 21, 2002 7:34 pm

Yeah...I would agree with elwood......7 dollars an hour is probably a more average start wage....At my airport we have what is a called a "wage standard" which is basically a minimum wage for the airport....Which is $11.79...so everybody working at the airport who comes in contact with an aircraft has to make at least that amount...

TZ
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jwenting
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RE: Ramp Rats

Sat Dec 21, 2002 7:47 pm

Also depends on the actual job you're hired for of course.
If you start in a supervisory function (because of training or previous experience in another job) you're likely to start out higher.
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jjbiv
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RE: Ramp Rats

Sun Dec 22, 2002 3:44 am

TZSFO,

How high is the cost of living in SFO? In TOL (C8 station) we start at $8.00.

Congrats on the new flying, BTW...

joe
 
tzsfo
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RE: Ramp Rats

Sun Dec 22, 2002 7:19 am

Jjbiv,

The cost of living is pretty high here in SFO....rent especially ( $900-1400 for a small small one bedroom)....

We (TZ) are an all contract ramp here in SFO and the handler starts its RSA's out at like 12 an hour I think.....

TZ
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Douglas DC-9
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RE: Ramp Rats

Sun Dec 22, 2002 8:55 am

When I worked for Midwest Express, way back in the day.. I was paid $14.11 an hour, plus a $00.50 bonus an hour for being ontime, my average paycheck was for oh... about $395.00 a week. I loved working for them, but now I drive school buses for Safe Line LLC/Riteway. The two of them are sister companies.

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