Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
83,250 2.0 % $12.79 $26,600 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.39 $9.55 $11.90 $14.86 $18.36
Annual Wage (2) $17,450 $19,870 $24,750 $30,900 $38,200


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 11,610 25.87 $12.37 $25,730
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 10,710 2.24 $13.21 $27,470
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 10,230 4.46 $13.40 $27,870
Legal Services 8,290 0.74 $12.25 $25,490
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,900 0.09 $12.98 $27,000

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 11,610 25.87 $12.37 $25,730
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 10,230 4.46 $13.40 $27,870
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 1,070 2.60 $12.07 $25,110
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 10,710 2.24 $13.21 $27,470
Legal Services 8,290 0.74 $12.25 $25,490

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 230 0.04 $25.52 $53,090
Wired Telecommunications Carriers (8) (8) $18.64 $38,770
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 50 (7) $16.53 $34,370
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 40 0.03 $16.20 $33,700
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 40 0.01 $15.96 $33,190


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 11,150 0.79 1.22 $13.03 $27,110
New York 9,210 1.09 1.68 $13.71 $28,520
Texas 6,580 0.64 0.98 $12.20 $25,370
Florida 5,100 0.71 1.10 $12.73 $26,470
Illinois 3,540 0.63 0.98 $13.23 $27,510




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)
Nevada 1,400 1.26 1.94 $14.73 $30,630
New York 9,210 1.09 1.68 $13.71 $28,520
Rhode Island 440 0.97 1.49 $12.28 $25,550
Massachusetts 2,720 0.86 1.33 $15.19 $31,600
Oregon 1,280 0.80 1.24 $14.54 $30,240




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 190 0.30 0.46 $16.14 $33,570
Colorado 1,300 0.60 0.92 $15.54 $32,320
Massachusetts 2,720 0.86 1.33 $15.19 $31,600
Alaska 210 0.66 1.02 $14.90 $30,990
Nevada 1,400 1.26 1.94 $14.73 $30,630





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 6,630 1.31 2.02 $13.13 $27,320
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,540 1.19 1.83 $13.21 $27,470
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,520 0.70 1.08 $13.32 $27,710
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,650 0.99 1.52 $16.15 $33,600
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,460 0.71 1.10 $13.00 $27,030
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,440 0.56 0.87 $13.04 $27,130
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 1,180 1.47 2.26 $15.41 $32,060
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,160 0.64 0.99 $13.02 $27,090
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.93 1.43 $17.88 $37,190
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 990 0.71 1.10 $12.04 $25,050




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 3.20 4.93 $9.01 $18,740
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 120 2.62 4.04 $8.96 $18,640
Wausau, WI 130 1.97 3.04 $14.71 $30,600
Laredo, TX 150 1.68 2.59 $9.63 $20,030
Great Falls, MT 60 1.59 2.45 $14.33 $29,810
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota, FL 370 1.58 2.43 $12.16 $25,280
Flint, MI 200 1.56 2.40 $13.00 $27,040
Lewiston, ID-WA 40 1.55 2.39 $12.73 $26,470
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 1,180 1.47 2.26 $15.41 $32,060
Tallahassee, FL 220 1.38 2.12 $10.04 $20,880