Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
73,180 2.1 % $14.01 $29,130 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.08 $10.42 $13.12 $16.62 $21.03
Annual Wage (2) $18,880 $21,670 $27,280 $34,580 $43,740


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 10,610 4.16 $14.35 $29,850
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 8,990 16.33 $14.86 $30,900
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 8,990 1.66 $14.31 $29,770
Legal Services 7,280 0.65 $12.52 $26,030
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,950 0.09 $13.64 $28,370

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 8,990 16.33 $14.86 $30,900
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 10,610 4.16 $14.35 $29,850
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 8,990 1.66 $14.31 $29,770
Legal Services 7,280 0.65 $12.52 $26,030
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 960 0.34 $13.62 $28,320

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 120 0.02 $27.32 $56,830
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 50 0.01 $20.61 $42,870
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,640 0.05 $17.44 $36,270
Direct Selling Establishments (8) (8) $16.84 $35,020
Software Publishers 40 0.01 $16.74 $34,810


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 12,820 0.83 1.56 $15.88 $33,030
Texas 5,750 0.50 0.94 $12.97 $26,980
New York 5,650 0.63 1.19 $15.20 $31,620
Florida 4,040 0.51 0.96 $13.66 $28,410
Pennsylvania 2,640 0.46 0.87 $13.29 $27,630



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 320 1.06 1.99 $12.19 $25,360
Nevada 1,160 0.94 1.78 $13.86 $28,830
Nebraska 870 0.92 1.73 $12.26 $25,510
Alabama 1,680 0.89 1.68 $12.20 $25,370
Tennessee 2,430 0.86 1.62 $14.92 $31,040



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 370 0.55 1.04 $17.51 $36,430
Minnesota 830 0.30 0.56 $16.24 $33,780
Montana 130 0.29 0.55 $15.89 $33,040
California 12,820 0.83 1.56 $15.88 $33,030
Oregon 870 0.50 0.94 $15.84 $32,940




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,660 0.72 1.35 $15.73 $32,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,520 1.10 2.08 $15.97 $33,220
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,400 0.39 0.74 $15.59 $32,420
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,390 1.36 2.57 $19.93 $41,440
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.56 1.05 $13.99 $29,110
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,300 2.15 4.06 $15.64 $32,530
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,230 0.42 0.79 $13.02 $27,070
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.70 1.32 $13.89 $28,890
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,050 0.77 1.46 $15.24 $31,710
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,010 0.42 0.79 $18.34 $38,150



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)
Dover-Durham, NH-ME 310 6.04 11.38 $10.67 $22,200
Grand Island, NE 130 3.07 5.79 $12.01 $24,980
Dothan, AL 170 3.02 5.70 $11.18 $23,250
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,300 2.15 4.06 $15.64 $32,530
Greenville, NC 150 2.06 3.89 $9.82 $20,420
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 180 1.46 2.74 $13.06 $27,160
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,390 1.36 2.57 $19.93 $41,440
Tallahassee, FL 220 1.35 2.55 $11.76 $24,450
Reno, NV 270 1.34 2.53 $16.47 $34,250
Laredo, TX 130 1.34 2.52 $9.80 $20,370