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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Drivers" (53-3033).


National estimates for Couriers and Messengers
Industry profile for Couriers and Messengers
Geographic profile for Couriers and Messengers

National estimates for Couriers and Messengers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Couriers and Messengers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
70,700 2.9 % $ 15.87 $ 33,010 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Couriers and Messengers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.50 $ 12.55 $ 14.89 $ 18.28 $ 23.24
Annual Wage (2) $ 21,840 $ 26,110 $ 30,980 $ 38,020 $ 48,340


Industry profile for Couriers and Messengers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Couriers and Messengers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Couriers and Messengers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Couriers and Messengers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 13,480 10.27 $ 16.78 $ 34,910
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 11,140 4.09 $ 16.50 $ 34,320
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 7,600 0.99 $ 15.72 $ 32,690
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,740 0.10 $ 15.09 $ 31,390
Legal Services 5,240 0.46 $ 14.07 $ 29,260

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Couriers and Messengers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 13,480 10.27 $ 16.78 $ 34,910
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 11,140 4.09 $ 16.50 $ 34,320
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 7,600 0.99 $ 15.72 $ 32,690
Support Activities for Animal Production 230 0.72 $ 15.31 $ 31,830
Legal Services 5,240 0.46 $ 14.07 $ 29,260

Top paying industries for Couriers and Messengers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service (federal government) 70 0.01 $ 29.95 $ 62,300
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,320 0.04 $ 20.15 $ 41,910
Death Care Services 70 0.06 $ 19.92 $ 41,440
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 60 0.01 $ 18.69 $ 38,880
Outpatient Care Centers 510 0.05 $ 18.10 $ 37,660


Geographic profile for Couriers and Messengers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Couriers and Messengers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Couriers and Messengers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Couriers and Messengers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,740 0.59 1.17 $ 18.58 $ 38,640
New York 7,960 0.92 1.80 $ 17.66 $ 36,730
Texas 6,170 0.51 1.00 $ 13.97 $ 29,060
Florida 4,930 0.58 1.15 $ 15.56 $ 32,360
Pennsylvania 2,790 0.51 1.00 $ 14.74 $ 30,650




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Couriers and Messengers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 350 1.18 2.32 $ 17.50 $ 36,400
Nevada 1,330 1.06 2.09 $ 15.99 $ 33,260
New York 7,960 0.92 1.80 $ 17.66 $ 36,730
Louisiana 1,640 0.91 1.79 $ 13.72 $ 28,540
South Carolina 1,670 0.83 1.63 $ 12.99 $ 27,010




Top paying states for Couriers and Messengers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 570 0.37 0.73 $ 21.39 $ 44,490
Washington 850 0.26 0.52 $ 18.76 $ 39,030
Minnesota 970 0.36 0.70 $ 18.65 $ 38,790
California 9,740 0.59 1.17 $ 18.58 $ 38,640
Massachusetts 1,920 0.57 1.13 $ 17.85 $ 37,140





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Couriers and Messengers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 8,130 0.92 1.81 $ 17.76 $ 36,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,190 0.72 1.42 $ 16.70 $ 34,740
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,450 0.68 1.35 $ 14.23 $ 29,610
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,060 0.88 1.74 $ 21.21 $ 44,130
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,990 0.79 1.56 $ 14.68 $ 30,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,830 0.69 1.37 $ 12.81 $ 26,650
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,370 0.46 0.90 $ 14.75 $ 30,680
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,350 0.50 0.98 $ 14.95 $ 31,090
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,320 0.51 1.00 $ 18.09 $ 37,630
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,110 0.25 0.50 $ 14.61 $ 30,380




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Couriers and Messengers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hammond, LA 120 2.95 5.80 $ 18.39 $ 38,250
Reno, NV 460 2.06 4.04 $ 16.51 $ 34,330
Springfield, MA-CT 450 1.48 2.91 $ 18.76 $ 39,020
Monroe, LA 110 1.46 2.88 $ 10.17 $ 21,160
Lima, OH 60 1.41 2.77 $ 13.53 $ 28,140
Lincoln, NE 240 1.40 2.75 $ 13.49 $ 28,070
Columbia, SC 500 1.35 2.65 $ 12.60 $ 26,220
Anchorage, AK 220 1.34 2.64 $ 18.38 $ 38,230
Medford, OR 100 1.20 2.36 $ 15.38 $ 32,000
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 410 1.19 2.34 $ 13.78 $ 28,660




Top paying metropolitan areas for Couriers and Messengers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 24.38 $ 50,710
Modesto, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 21.82 $ 45,380
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 2,060 0.88 1.74 $ 21.21 $ 44,130
New Haven, CT 260 0.98 1.92 $ 21.22 $ 44,130
Stockton-Lodi, CA 180 0.73 1.45 $ 21.06 $ 43,810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,010 0.33 0.66 $ 20.66 $ 42,970
Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA (8) (8) (8) $ 20.04 $ 41,670
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 800 0.62 1.21 $ 19.91 $ 41,410
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 30 0.29 0.56 $ 19.81 $ 41,200
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 460 0.31 0.60 $ 19.76 $ 41,100

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Couriers and Messengers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 330 1.67 3.29 $ 13.86 $ 28,820
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 0.58 1.15 $ 10.56 $ 21,960
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 120 0.48 0.95 $ 13.42 $ 27,910
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 120 0.77 1.51 $ 16.94 $ 35,230
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.68 1.33 $ 12.11 $ 25,190

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Couriers and Messengers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 330 1.67 3.29 $ 13.86 $ 28,820
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 100 1.28 2.52 $ 17.05 $ 35,460
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 0.96 1.89 $ 10.90 $ 22,670
Northeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 100 0.84 1.66 $ 14.89 $ 30,980
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 120 0.77 1.51 $ 16.94 $ 35,230

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Couriers and Messengers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 21.86 $ 45,470
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 18.08 $ 37,600
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 0.60 $ 17.78 $ 36,980
North Florida nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 17.44 $ 36,270
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 100 1.28 2.52 $ 17.05 $ 35,460


About May 2020 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 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.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021