Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

43-5021 Couriers and Messengers

Pick up and deliver messages, documents, packages, and other items between offices or departments within an establishment or directly to other business concerns, traveling by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, or public conveyance. Excludes "Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers" (53-3033).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
76,830 2.0 % $12.99 $27,020 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.48 $9.70 $12.23 $15.23 $18.53
Annual Wage (2) $17,650 $20,180 $25,440 $31,680 $38,540


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 11,170 23.23 $12.50 $25,990
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 9,680 2.02 $13.09 $27,230
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 8,950 3.80 $13.69 $28,470
Legal Services 7,640 0.68 $11.86 $24,670
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,970 0.09 $13.35 $27,770

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 11,170 23.23 $12.50 $25,990
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 8,950 3.80 $13.69 $28,470
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 9,680 2.02 $13.09 $27,230
Legal Services 7,640 0.68 $11.86 $24,670
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 1,040 0.40 $13.49 $28,050

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 200 0.03 $25.53 $53,100
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 50 0.01 $17.66 $36,740
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $16.89 $35,130
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40 (7) $16.77 $34,890
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (8) (8) $16.63 $34,580


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 10,670 0.75 1.27 $13.43 $27,930
New York 9,540 1.12 1.89 $13.96 $29,040
Texas 5,810 0.55 0.93 $11.92 $24,800
Florida 4,360 0.60 1.02 $12.90 $26,840
Pennsylvania 3,220 0.58 0.98 $12.35 $25,690




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 9,540 1.12 1.89 $13.96 $29,040
Rhode Island 460 1.02 1.74 $12.82 $26,670
Nevada 1,150 1.02 1.73 $13.87 $28,850
Nebraska 690 0.75 1.28 $11.62 $24,160
Missouri 1,960 0.75 1.27 $12.84 $26,710




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 140 0.45 0.76 $16.72 $34,780
Colorado 1,200 0.54 0.91 $16.28 $33,870
District of Columbia 210 0.32 0.54 $15.76 $32,780
Oregon 920 0.57 0.97 $15.20 $31,620
Connecticut 650 0.40 0.68 $14.60 $30,370





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,060 1.37 2.32 $13.65 $28,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,020 1.04 1.76 $13.33 $27,730
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,760 0.48 0.82 $14.81 $30,800
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,350 0.64 1.09 $12.14 $25,240
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,330 0.59 1.00 $10.82 $22,510
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,280 0.75 1.27 $14.23 $29,590
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.66 1.11 $13.22 $27,500
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,050 1.05 1.78 $16.66 $34,660
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,040 0.39 0.67 $14.13 $29,390
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,020 0.84 1.42 $17.28 $35,940




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 390 1.73 2.93 $10.32 $21,460
Wausau, WI 110 1.72 2.91 $12.79 $26,610
Laredo, TX 150 1.64 2.78 $8.97 $18,660
Lincoln, NE 230 1.38 2.34 $11.85 $24,650
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,060 1.37 2.32 $13.65 $28,390
Worcester, MA-CT 330 1.36 2.30 $15.28 $31,780
Flint, MI 170 1.35 2.29 $13.33 $27,720
Montgomery, AL 210 1.32 2.23 $9.70 $20,180
Peoria, IL 230 1.26 2.13 $12.83 $26,690
Rome, GA 40 1.24 2.10 $11.14 $23,170