Cargo Handling Supervisor

Cargo Handling Supervisor
Inside cargo airplane.
Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors coordinate and supervise the activities of ground crew in loading, unloading, securing, and staging of aircraft cargo or baggage. They may determine the quantity and orientation of cargo and compute aircraft center of gravity.

About the Career

Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors may also assist and brief passengers on safety and emergency procedures.

On the Job you will:

  • Distribute cargo in such a manner that space use is maximized
  • Calculate load weights for different aircraft compartments, using charts and computer
  • Direct ground crews in the loading, unloading, securing, or staging of aircraft cargo or baggage
  • Accompany aircraft as a member of the flight crew to monitor and handle cargo in flight


Average Salary: $54,700
Salary Range: $32,460 - $71,800
Education: High School Degree or Equivalent
Outlook: Excellent (21% or more growth)
Total Jobs (2024)590

Education and Training

Positions for Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors usually require a high school diploma.

Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Descriptions are based on general guidelines and industry standards and job duties may vary by employer and specific industry. Labor projections utilize data for the North Central Texas region and may vary from national statistics.

Critical Skills

Active Listening
Management of Personnel Resources
Judgment and Decision Making