Alexrock
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Ramp Agents Southwest

Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:30 pm

I applied for Southwest Airlines as a ramp agent. Can you really make good money with them. I see you start really low and can top at $26 an hour. I need some advice people
 
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RE: Ramp Agents Southwest

Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:42 pm

Welcome to Airliners.net! If better pay is what you're after, I guess SW is OK, I really don't know. If better flight benefits are more important, Delta can't be beat.
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Alexrock
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RE: Ramp Agents Southwest

Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:49 pm

I'm looking for a career change for me. I seen Southwest has a lot of greet benefits. I'm taking a hit on the salary but in the long run it's way better what I'm making right know. The flying for free is nice but I'm looking more pay and future retirement.
 
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RE: Ramp Agents Southwest

Sat Oct 12, 2013 6:51 pm

Ask around and you'll get an idea of the approx payscale offered.....that will help decide if the job is worth it or not.
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RE: Ramp Agents Southwest

Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:44 am

Quoting Alexrock (Reply 2):
I'm looking for a career change for me. I seen Southwest has a lot of greet benefits. I'm taking a hit on the salary but in the long run it's way better what I'm making right know. The flying for free is nice but I'm looking more pay and future retirement.

If you're more focused on your pay and retirement you need not join this industry. Personally, if travel isn't near the top of your list don't waste your time. That goes for all of them including my beloved Delta.
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RE: Ramp Agents Southwest

Fri Oct 18, 2013 4:39 am

Quoting Alexrock (Thread starter):

It is a great job, however you must go in with the understanding that you WILL be working during the holidays and family events for most of the time. If you can deal with that, then you're good to go. WN is a great company too!
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
 
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RE: Ramp Agents Southwest

Sat Oct 19, 2013 3:09 am

Best deal is if you can fit it into a part-time position along with another job that can pay the bills. I was lucky enough to have done that long enough to retire.

The most important thing about any job is that you enjoy coming to work every day. You will find the airline industry addicting--and it's all legal!!!
 
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RE: Ramp Agents Southwest

Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:17 am

Quoting Alexrock (Reply 2):
I'm looking more pay and future retirement.

Pretty much any job in any other industry will get you better pay. Forget about retirement. There is no such thing as retirement in the airline world.
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RE: Ramp Agents Southwest

Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:39 pm

Quoting xjramper (Reply 7):
There is no such thing as retirement in the airline world.

Depends on what you're looking for. If it's travel, it's hard to beat. If it's retirement income, that's a different story. After 11 years of part time work, my retirement income would have been around $87 monthly. Fortunately, I had a real job with a real retirement.

Even though the pay after several years can be decent, there is no guarantee it will stay that way. All it takes is a bankruptcy or renegotiated union contract to change it.
 
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RE: Ramp Agents Southwest

Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:16 am

I'm a 14 year Southwest airlines ramp agent. Take the advice of non Southwest employees lightly. Working at Southwest and working a similar position at another company is not a reasonable facsimile.

Here's just a brief rundown. I'll end this year grossing nearly 87k. I have 6 weeks of paid vacation a year, and when I hit the 20 year mark it will be 7 weeks. Me and my wife enjoy the heck out of our flight benefits.

You will definitely have to put time in before you can begin to enjoy the job in the way I've described above though. But the absolute best part of the job that doesn't get mentioned enough is the flexibility. You can work as much or as little as you'd like. You bid/pick your own schedule/hours every 1 or 2 months. You can work overtime, give away or pick up shifts. I have not worked a Christmas or Thanksgiving since my first year on the job. Actually on those two days, by default everyone is scheduled off with pay. You have to sign up to work those days and be payed doubletime. If not enough people sign up then they do mandatory from reverse seniority.

All in all it's an incredible job. I would honestly not rather do anything else for a career.
 
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RE: Ramp Agents Southwest

Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:54 am

Must be a lot of OT in there for 87K otherwise that equals about $42/hr at 40 hr a week for 52 weeks.
 
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RE: Ramp Agents Southwest

Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:13 am

Quoting crj900lr (Reply 10):
Must be a lot of OT in there for 87K otherwise that equals about $42/hr at 40 hr a week for 52 weeks.

Not all that much.. I work 2 double shifts a week. And, in fact if I had maintained that for the entire year I would have made over 92k.

It's $26 an hour base. But overtime is paid at time and a half for the first 4 hours and double time for the last 4.5 (it's an 8.5 hour shift). So that's $390 total for the overtime shift. So 2 per week or 4 for the pay period equals $1,560 extra per check, $3,120 extra per month, an extra $37,440 per year. At $26 an hour my base is $54,912. Add $54,912 and $37,440,.. $92,352 So some weeks I did work the OT and some I didn't, and ended up with slightly under 87k.

Also keep in mind I have 6 weeks paid vacation a year, so I'm hardly living at work..

It's not a bad gig  
 
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RE: Ramp Agents Southwest

Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:37 am

When I read your previous post I was thinking to myself that this person has to practically live there to get that kind of $$ but now that I see the breakdown it makes sense.
 
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RE: Ramp Agents Southwest

Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:40 am

Quoting swa4life (Reply 11):
I did work the OT and some I didn't

That also varies by station as well.. Some stations you will see a good amount of it, and some you wont. Right now my station is currently in a dry spell.
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