Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
74,060 2.0 % $13.35 $27,770 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.60 $9.96 $12.61 $15.75 $19.33
Annual Wage (2) $17,890 $20,720 $26,230 $32,750 $40,210


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 10,510 20.72 $13.49 $28,060
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 9,430 3.88 $13.76 $28,620
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 8,860 1.85 $13.85 $28,810
Legal Services 7,700 0.68 $12.13 $25,220
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,200 0.10 $13.68 $28,450

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 10,510 20.72 $13.49 $28,060
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 9,430 3.88 $13.76 $28,620
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 8,860 1.85 $13.85 $28,810
Nonscheduled Air Transportation 350 0.91 $11.28 $23,460
Legal Services 7,700 0.68 $12.13 $25,220

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 $25.91 $53,880
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 60 0.01 $21.25 $44,200
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 50 0.02 $18.42 $38,310
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers 70 0.02 $17.89 $37,220
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 40 (7) $17.44 $36,280


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 10,000 0.68 1.22 $14.22 $29,580
New York 7,950 0.92 1.65 $14.39 $29,930
Texas 5,600 0.51 0.92 $12.35 $25,690
Florida 3,730 0.50 0.90 $13.60 $28,290
Pennsylvania 2,990 0.53 0.95 $12.60 $26,200




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 1.08 1.93 $11.44 $23,800
Nevada 1,180 1.02 1.83 $13.95 $29,020
New York 7,950 0.92 1.65 $14.39 $29,930
Massachusetts 2,650 0.81 1.45 $14.78 $30,740
Rhode Island 360 0.79 1.41 $13.67 $28,440




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 1,160 0.51 0.90 $16.95 $35,260
Alaska 130 0.40 0.72 $16.70 $34,730
District of Columbia 280 0.42 0.74 $16.43 $34,170
Oregon 830 0.50 0.90 $15.34 $31,910
Connecticut 600 0.37 0.66 $14.86 $30,920





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 5,880 1.12 2.01 $14.66 $30,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,430 0.86 1.55 $13.79 $28,690
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,730 0.99 1.77 $14.62 $30,400
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,480 0.40 0.72 $14.85 $30,890
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,420 0.66 1.18 $13.40 $27,880
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,310 0.57 1.02 $11.12 $23,140
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.61 1.09 $13.47 $28,020
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,000 0.42 0.75 $16.21 $33,720
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 990 0.36 0.64 $13.82 $28,740
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 960 0.66 1.19 $12.08 $25,130




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)
Laredo, TX 150 1.62 2.91 $9.28 $19,290
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 180 1.54 2.75 $11.77 $24,480
Eau Claire, WI 120 1.53 2.74 $10.05 $20,900
Cheyenne, WY 70 1.49 2.68 $12.00 $24,960
Montgomery, AL 230 1.47 2.64 $10.01 $20,830
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 70 1.36 2.44 $10.89 $22,660
Lincoln, NE 220 1.32 2.36 $11.50 $23,920
Reno-Sparks, NV 230 1.19 2.13 $12.75 $26,520
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 580 1.19 2.13 $11.89 $24,730
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX 280 1.18 2.12 $10.47 $21,770