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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
68,310 3.6 % $ 16.48 $ 34,270 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Couriers and Messengers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.47 $ 13.92 $ 15.89 $ 18.00 $ 22.22
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,850 $ 28,960 $ 33,050 $ 37,440 $ 46,220


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 12,840 7.90 $ 16.98 $ 35,320
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 12,520 4.26 $ 17.02 $ 35,410
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 7,670 0.83 $ 16.45 $ 34,210
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,540 0.10 $ 16.25 $ 33,790
Legal Services 4,480 0.39 $ 14.53 $ 30,220

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 12,840 7.90 $ 16.98 $ 35,320
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 12,520 4.26 $ 17.02 $ 35,410
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 7,670 0.83 $ 16.45 $ 34,210
Legal Services 4,480 0.39 $ 14.53 $ 30,220
Support Activities for Animal Production 110 0.33 $ 15.03 $ 31,260

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) 60 0.01 $ 30.35 $ 63,120
Telecommunications 40 0.01 $ 26.15 $ 54,380
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 110 0.01 $ 22.10 $ 45,960
Other Support Services 190 0.07 $ 22.01 $ 45,780
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,830 0.03 $ 21.56 $ 44,840


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.



Map of employment of couriers and messengers by state, May 2021


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 10,670 0.65 1.33 $ 18.47 $ 38,430
New York 6,540 0.75 1.56 $ 19.29 $ 40,130
Texas 4,920 0.40 0.83 $ 15.83 $ 32,920
Florida 3,830 0.44 0.92 $ 14.64 $ 30,450
New Jersey 3,290 0.86 1.76 $ 17.49 $ 36,390


Map of location quotient of couriers and messengers by state, May 2021


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)
Nebraska 820 0.86 1.77 $ 12.89 $ 26,810
New Jersey 3,290 0.86 1.76 $ 17.49 $ 36,390
Oklahoma 1,200 0.77 1.59 $ 14.98 $ 31,150
New York 6,540 0.75 1.56 $ 19.29 $ 40,130
Louisiana 1,340 0.75 1.54 $ 14.33 $ 29,810


Map of annual mean wages of couriers and messengers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Couriers and Messengers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 180 0.27 0.55 $ 22.80 $ 47,420
Connecticut 500 0.32 0.65 $ 19.76 $ 41,090
Massachusetts 2,000 0.59 1.21 $ 19.50 $ 40,570
New York 6,540 0.75 1.56 $ 19.29 $ 40,130
Alaska 110 0.36 0.74 $ 18.56 $ 38,600



Map of employment of couriers and messengers by area, May 2021


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 7,580 0.87 1.80 $ 19.47 $ 40,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,360 0.76 1.57 $ 17.82 $ 37,070
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,850 0.63 1.30 $ 18.61 $ 38,720
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,840 0.82 1.69 $ 20.06 $ 41,720
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,570 0.44 0.90 $ 16.65 $ 34,640
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,550 0.60 1.24 $ 19.33 $ 40,200
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,480 0.57 1.18 $ 14.40 $ 29,950
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,370 0.52 1.07 $ 15.73 $ 32,720
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,250 0.99 2.05 $ 16.88 $ 35,120
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,250 0.51 1.05 $ 15.27 $ 31,770


Map of location quotient of couriers and messengers by area, May 2021


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)
Tulsa, OK 640 1.53 3.15 $ 14.90 $ 30,990
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 970 1.23 2.53 $ 14.86 $ 30,910
Dothan, AL 70 1.18 2.44 $ 11.01 $ 22,900
Charleston, WV 110 1.12 2.30 $ 14.30 $ 29,740
Lafayette, LA 210 1.11 2.28 $ 15.49 $ 32,220
Greenville, NC 80 1.10 2.27 $ 14.06 $ 29,240
Reno, NV 240 1.01 2.09 $ 17.48 $ 36,360
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,250 0.99 2.05 $ 16.88 $ 35,120
Fort Collins, CO 160 0.97 2.01 $ 17.56 $ 36,530
Springfield, IL 90 0.97 2.00 $ 14.22 $ 29,580


Map of annual mean wages of couriers and messengers by area, May 2021


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)
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 100 0.27 0.55 $ 20.88 $ 43,430
Modesto, CA 80 0.44 0.90 $ 20.46 $ 42,550
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 790 0.74 1.52 $ 20.30 $ 42,220
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 60 0.57 1.18 $ 20.10 $ 41,810
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,840 0.82 1.69 $ 20.06 $ 41,720
Danbury, CT 40 0.52 1.08 $ 19.74 $ 41,060
Salinas, CA 40 0.23 0.48 $ 19.73 $ 41,030
Stockton-Lodi, CA 110 0.45 0.92 $ 19.73 $ 41,030
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 610 0.54 1.11 $ 19.64 $ 40,850
New Haven, CT 140 0.51 1.05 $ 19.63 $ 40,830

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)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 0.61 1.27 $ 10.73 $ 22,310
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 120 0.82 1.69 $ 11.82 $ 24,580
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 90 0.88 1.81 $ 20.27 $ 42,160
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.92 1.89 $ 11.90 $ 24,750
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 70 0.24 0.49 $ 14.26 $ 29,650

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)
Northeast Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.92 1.89 $ 11.90 $ 24,750
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 90 0.88 1.81 $ 20.27 $ 42,160
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 120 0.82 1.69 $ 11.82 $ 24,580
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 50 0.79 1.62 $ 14.81 $ 30,800
Maryland nonmetropolitan area 40 0.70 1.44 $ 15.28 $ 31,790

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)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 90 0.88 1.81 $ 20.27 $ 42,160
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 0.83 $ 19.59 $ 40,750
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 60 0.48 0.99 $ 19.11 $ 39,760
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.45 0.92 $ 17.66 $ 36,730
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 40 0.44 0.91 $ 17.48 $ 36,350


About May 2021 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.

(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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022