Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
74,120 2.5 % $14.39 $29,920 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.26 $10.74 $13.54 $17.21 $21.37
Annual Wage (2) $19,260 $22,330 $28,170 $35,800 $44,440


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)
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 10,280 3.90 $14.92 $31,040
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 9,000 14.90 $14.32 $29,780
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 8,580 1.53 $14.67 $30,510
Legal Services 6,770 0.60 $13.01 $27,070
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,270 0.10 $13.76 $28,630

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 9,000 14.90 $14.32 $29,780
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 10,280 3.90 $14.92 $31,040
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 8,580 1.53 $14.67 $30,510
Legal Services 6,770 0.60 $13.01 $27,070
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 920 0.32 $13.63 $28,360

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 110 0.02 $27.09 $56,360
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 40 0.01 $19.71 $41,010
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,700 0.05 $18.07 $37,590
Direct Selling Establishments (8) (8) $17.61 $36,620
Outpatient Care Centers 1,070 0.13 $17.13 $35,630


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 13,680 0.86 1.62 $16.25 $33,790
New York 6,140 0.68 1.28 $15.58 $32,410
Texas 6,120 0.52 0.99 $13.87 $28,840
Florida 4,050 0.49 0.93 $14.20 $29,540
Pennsylvania 2,720 0.47 0.90 $13.83 $28,760




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)
Nebraska 880 0.91 1.73 $12.50 $25,990
Alabama 1,680 0.88 1.67 $12.45 $25,900
Nevada 1,100 0.87 1.65 $14.37 $29,880
California 13,680 0.86 1.62 $16.25 $33,790
Vermont 260 0.84 1.59 $13.86 $28,830




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montana (8) (8) (8) $17.41 $36,220
New Jersey 1,600 0.41 0.77 $16.93 $35,220
California 13,680 0.86 1.62 $16.25 $33,790
District of Columbia 500 0.71 1.34 $16.17 $33,640
Rhode Island 270 0.57 1.08 $16.08 $33,450





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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,160 1.22 2.32 $16.35 $34,010
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,880 0.74 1.40 $16.12 $33,540
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,590 0.54 1.03 $14.11 $29,350
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,470 0.40 0.76 $16.42 $34,150
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,450 0.60 1.13 $14.48 $30,120
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,410 1.32 2.50 $18.70 $38,900
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,300 0.94 1.78 $16.02 $33,330
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,240 0.48 0.92 $13.65 $28,390
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,080 0.60 1.14 $14.76 $30,690
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.68 1.28 $14.47 $30,090




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)
Dothan, AL 180 3.25 6.15 $11.73 $24,390
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 90 1.87 3.55 $13.18 $27,420
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 1,030 1.65 3.13 $16.58 $34,480
Springfield, IL 160 1.51 2.87 $12.48 $25,950
Corvallis, OR 50 1.51 2.86 $14.94 $31,080
Rome, GA 50 1.43 2.71 $11.76 $24,470
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 180 1.42 2.70 $13.32 $27,710
Tuscaloosa, AL 140 1.36 2.58 $9.99 $20,780
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 80 1.35 2.57 $10.44 $21,720
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 160 1.33 2.51 $10.87 $22,610