Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
71,760 2.1 % $13.63 $28,360 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.69 $10.12 $12.81 $16.18 $20.32
Annual Wage (2) $18,070 $21,060 $26,640 $33,650 $42,260


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)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 9,720 3.89 $13.97 $29,050
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 9,160 17.17 $14.20 $29,540
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 8,380 1.64 $14.17 $29,470
Legal Services 7,850 0.70 $12.18 $25,340
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,110 0.10 $13.71 $28,520

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 9,160 17.17 $14.20 $29,540
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 9,720 3.89 $13.97 $29,050
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 8,380 1.64 $14.17 $29,470
Legal Services 7,850 0.70 $12.18 $25,340
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 950 0.34 $13.88 $28,860

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 150 0.02 $26.75 $55,630
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 90 0.01 $21.42 $44,560
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $18.30 $38,070
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 70 0.03 $18.26 $37,980
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40 (7) $17.69 $36,800


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 10,390 0.69 1.29 $15.28 $31,790
New York 7,080 0.80 1.51 $15.27 $31,760
Texas 5,910 0.53 0.99 $12.66 $26,330
Florida 3,580 0.47 0.88 $13.35 $27,780
Pennsylvania 2,860 0.51 0.95 $12.71 $26,440



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)
Vermont 330 1.09 2.06 $11.37 $23,640
Nevada 1,140 0.95 1.80 $13.67 $28,430
Alabama 1,670 0.90 1.69 $11.62 $24,170
New Hampshire 540 0.86 1.62 $11.88 $24,710
New York 7,080 0.80 1.51 $15.27 $31,760



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 280 0.42 0.79 $16.30 $33,900
Oregon 840 0.50 0.94 $15.99 $33,250
Minnesota 570 0.21 0.39 $15.98 $33,240
Virginia 1,480 0.41 0.77 $15.32 $31,860
California 10,390 0.69 1.29 $15.28 $31,790




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 5,030 0.93 1.76 $15.75 $32,760
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,690 0.91 1.71 $15.53 $32,290
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,580 0.88 1.66 $14.43 $30,010
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,330 0.56 1.05 $12.43 $25,860
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,300 0.46 0.86 $13.80 $28,700
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,250 0.56 1.05 $14.02 $29,170
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,200 0.32 0.60 $15.83 $32,920
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.64 1.21 $13.51 $28,100
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,000 0.67 1.26 $12.88 $26,800
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 980 0.41 0.78 $16.56 $34,440



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)
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 200 1.73 3.26 $11.47 $23,850
Eau Claire, WI 130 1.70 3.21 $10.19 $21,190
Reno-Sparks, NV 310 1.55 2.92 $16.50 $34,310
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 920 1.54 2.90 $14.86 $30,910
Bowling Green, KY 90 1.54 2.91 $10.84 $22,540
Springfield, IL 160 1.44 2.70 $12.24 $25,450
Laredo, TX 130 1.43 2.70 $9.20 $19,130
Dothan, AL 80 1.39 2.61 $12.99 $27,030
Peoria, IL 230 1.31 2.48 $11.51 $23,950
El Paso, TX 370 1.30 2.45 $9.28 $19,290