Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
85,620 1.8 % $12.55 $26,100 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.25 $9.38 $11.58 $14.54 $18.19
Annual Wage (2) $17,170 $19,510 $24,080 $30,240 $37,830


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 11,440 27.14 $12.06 $25,090
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 10,670 2.22 $12.49 $25,980
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 10,600 4.64 $12.88 $26,790
Legal Services 8,780 0.79 $12.27 $25,510
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,190 0.10 $12.80 $26,620

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 11,440 27.14 $12.06 $25,090
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 10,600 4.64 $12.88 $26,790
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 10,670 2.22 $12.49 $25,980
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 400 0.97 $12.06 $25,090
Legal Services 8,780 0.79 $12.27 $25,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 270 0.04 $25.52 $53,070
Other Telecommunications 80 0.07 $24.40 $50,740
Wired Telecommunications Carriers (8) (8) $19.16 $39,840
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 50 (7) $17.23 $35,830
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 40 0.01 $15.86 $32,990


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 12,760 0.91 1.35 $12.60 $26,210
New York 8,550 1.03 1.52 $14.06 $29,250
Texas 5,710 0.57 0.84 $11.78 $24,510
Florida 4,770 0.67 1.00 $12.17 $25,320
Pennsylvania 3,720 0.68 1.01 $12.30 $25,590




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)
Rhode Island 730 1.62 2.41 $13.30 $27,660
Nevada 1,590 1.43 2.12 $14.30 $29,750
New York 8,550 1.03 1.52 $14.06 $29,250
Idaho 570 0.96 1.43 $10.73 $22,320
California 12,760 0.91 1.35 $12.60 $26,210




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 190 0.62 0.92 $15.88 $33,040
District of Columbia 190 0.30 0.45 $15.76 $32,780
Massachusetts 2,400 0.77 1.14 $15.44 $32,120
Connecticut 640 0.40 0.60 $15.23 $31,690
Washington 1,530 0.57 0.85 $15.05 $31,310

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 6,210 1.25 1.85 $13.74 $28,580
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,350 1.40 2.08 $12.45 $25,900
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 2,560 0.72 1.07 $12.35 $25,680
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,400 0.77 1.15 $12.59 $26,190
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 1,350 1.67 2.48 $14.94 $31,080
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,320 0.80 1.19 $16.72 $34,780
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,320 0.96 1.42 $12.01 $24,980
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,160 0.97 1.43 $17.55 $36,510
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,140 0.57 0.85 $13.01 $27,060
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,130 0.45 0.67 $13.31 $27,690




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)
Punta Gorda, FL 130 3.35 4.97 $8.96 $18,640
Monroe, LA 160 2.11 3.13 $8.49 $17,660
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 80 2.03 3.01 $12.12 $25,210
Pocatello, ID 60 1.76 2.62 $10.89 $22,640
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 1,350 1.67 2.48 $14.94 $31,080
Laredo, TX 140 1.64 2.44 $9.36 $19,460
Tallahassee, FL 250 1.60 2.37 $9.75 $20,280
Missoula, MT 90 1.58 2.35 $11.21 $23,320
Medford, OR 110 1.56 2.31 $13.38 $27,830
Worcester, MA-CT 360 1.54 2.29 $14.19 $29,520




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,160 0.97 1.43 $17.55 $36,510
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.47 0.69 $16.87 $35,080
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,320 0.80 1.19 $16.72 $34,780
Anchorage, AK 110 0.65 0.96 $16.14 $33,570
New Haven, CT 110 0.42 0.62 $15.86 $32,990
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 80 0.20 0.30 $15.70 $32,660
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 250 0.47 0.69 $15.50 $32,240
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 700 0.52 0.77 $15.49 $32,230
Denver-Aurora, CO 720 0.61 0.91 $15.45 $32,130
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 480 0.51 0.75 $15.29 $31,810

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 190 1.03 1.53 $11.70 $24,340
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 170 0.84 1.25 $8.53 $17,730
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 160 0.60 0.89 $11.89 $24,730
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 140 1.22 1.81 $13.17 $27,400
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.88 1.31 $11.24 $23,380

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 140 1.22 1.81 $13.17 $27,400
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 190 1.03 1.53 $11.70 $24,340
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 1.01 1.51 $12.48 $25,950
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.88 1.31 $11.24 $23,380
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 170 0.84 1.25 $8.53 $17,730

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.48 0.72 $16.87 $35,080
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.82 $32,900
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.22 $31,660
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.43 0.63 $14.32 $29,790
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.36 $13.61 $28,320


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011