Interview with a UPS supervisor

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What do you do for a living?

I supervise an operation for United Parcels Services (UPS)

How would you describe what you do at UPS?

Stressful, challenging, enlightening, surprising

What does your work entail?

Managing an operation of ten to twelve people.

How did you get started?

I got started as a union worker for the company.

What do you like about what you do?

The challenges that I face and overcome every day that define me as who I am.

What do you dislike?

The salary.

How do you make money/how are you compensated?

I am on salary, right now i work at least nine hours a night and get paid for five and a half.

How much money do you make as a UPS supervisor?

I make $14.75 an hour.

How much money do you make starting out?

When i started i was marking $8.50  an hour.

What education or skill are needed to work as a UPS supervisor?

No school education needed really, just social motivation and being a people person that could practice what he preaches

What is most rewarding about this job?

Doing the best I can and having results that reflect that.

What is most challenging?

The stress.

What advice would you offer someone considering this career?

no pain no gain

How much time off do you get/take?

2-3 days a year

What’s a common misconception people have about what you do?

That it’s easy.

What are your goals and dreams for the future?

Be the best at everything I do.

What else would you like people to know about what you do?

It’s a good life experience.


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

pete s November 9, 2016 at 6:38 pm

For what it’s worth, I recently left a PT Sup position that started at $15.60 / hr whereas Package Handlers started at around $10.00 / hr.
PT Sups had a guarantee of 27.5 hours per week but in reality end up working an easy 30-35 and plenty of more hours if I wanted them.


jake October 3, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Yea thats pretty much how much part time sups make starting…. ten years later im making a whopping $16.75 I have no idea why anyone would become a part time supervisor in these days yea its more money an hour but in the long term it’s not worth it I learned the hard way I was young 18yrs old didn’t know any better. Medical alone is the reason to stay union I pay $2500 in medical if your a smoker they deduct an extra $1800 a year from our salary. Short term a year or two its ok , long term think about it, especially if you have a family I wouldn’t do it again. Just my experience


john April 30, 2014 at 6:36 pm

I’m sorry but as a supervisor you would make a lot more than $14 an hour. I’m just a grunt and I started at $12/hr. I’m pretty sure sups make between 45-50k


Clay July 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm

I am also a local sort supervisor, and get the same salary. Full-time supervisors get paid between $45k-$60k. However, I only put in about 5.25 hours a night except for peak of course. But I give all the credit to my guys. They work hard and do a great job!


Joe November 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm

You will get different responses to these questions depending on what location the UPS facility is located. Not all UPS part-time supervisors will answer the questions this way.


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