Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
76,710 2.6 % $14.42 $30,000 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.65 $11.01 $13.58 $17.08 $20.89
Annual Wage (2) $20,070 $22,900 $28,250 $35,520 $43,440


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)
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 10,700 15.94 $13.91 $28,930
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 9,760 1.64 $14.15 $29,420
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 9,680 3.64 $14.98 $31,160
Legal Services 5,620 0.50 $13.08 $27,200
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,560 0.10 $14.13 $29,390

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 10,700 15.94 $13.91 $28,930
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 9,680 3.64 $14.98 $31,160
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 9,760 1.64 $14.15 $29,420
Legal Services 5,620 0.50 $13.08 $27,200
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 930 0.31 $13.81 $28,730

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service (federal government) 110 0.02 $28.02 $58,290
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,660 0.05 $19.21 $39,960
Specialized Design Services 60 0.04 $18.10 $37,640
Elementary and Secondary Schools 710 0.01 $17.63 $36,670
Outpatient Care Centers 1,020 0.12 $17.27 $35,920


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 12,860 0.77 1.43 $15.95 $33,170
New York 8,230 0.89 1.66 $15.66 $32,570
Texas 5,650 0.48 0.88 $13.12 $27,280
Florida 4,160 0.49 0.92 $14.63 $30,440
Pennsylvania 2,990 0.52 0.96 $14.00 $29,110




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 330 1.08 2.01 $13.94 $28,990
New York 8,230 0.89 1.66 $15.66 $32,570
Louisiana 1,600 0.84 1.56 $11.84 $24,630
Wisconsin 2,300 0.81 1.51 $11.63 $24,190
District of Columbia 580 0.81 1.51 $17.82 $37,070




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 580 0.81 1.51 $17.82 $37,070
Rhode Island 370 0.77 1.44 $17.56 $36,530
Washington 1,300 0.41 0.76 $16.89 $35,130
Alaska 160 0.52 0.96 $16.60 $34,530
New Jersey 1,740 0.43 0.81 $16.47 $34,250



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 6,460 0.96 1.79 $15.78 $32,830
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,220 0.95 1.77 $16.20 $33,700
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,850 0.50 0.94 $13.97 $29,060
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,620 0.62 1.15 $13.07 $27,190
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 1,570 0.63 1.17 $13.71 $28,510
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,310 1.17 2.17 $16.41 $34,140
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,250 0.43 0.79 $13.64 $28,370
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 1,150 0.63 1.16 $15.91 $33,090
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,120 0.78 1.45 $16.44 $34,200
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.42 0.78 $17.71 $36,840


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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)
Hammond, LA 100 2.40 4.46 $11.97 $24,910
East Stroudsburg, PA 100 1.83 3.40 $14.31 $29,760
Rome, GA 70 1.79 3.33 $12.81 $26,650
Corvallis, OR 60 1.77 3.28 $14.89 $30,980
Texarkana, TX-AR 100 1.74 3.23 $10.06 $20,920
Eau Claire, WI 130 1.59 2.96 $10.23 $21,280
Florence, SC 130 1.52 2.83 $12.27 $25,520
Baton Rouge, LA 600 1.52 2.83 $10.93 $22,740
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN 110 1.46 2.70 $11.14 $23,180
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 70 1.45 2.69 $13.82 $28,750


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 870 0.67 1.24 $19.34 $40,220
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 670 0.62 1.15 $18.46 $38,390
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $18.34 $38,140
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 470 0.40 0.75 $18.19 $37,840
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 980 0.86 1.59 $18.14 $37,730
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.42 0.78 $17.71 $36,840
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 70 0.23 0.43 $17.62 $36,650
Napa, CA 50 0.65 1.21 $17.62 $36,640
Kingston, NY (8) (8) (8) $17.50 $36,400
New Haven, CT 120 0.44 0.82 $17.35 $36,090

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 160 0.89 1.66 $11.03 $22,930
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 130 0.62 1.15 $12.67 $26,360
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 110 0.63 1.17 $11.81 $24,570
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 100 0.72 1.33 $12.73 $26,490
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 90 0.70 1.30 $11.80 $24,540

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 160 0.89 1.66 $11.03 $22,930
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 80 0.73 1.36 $11.46 $23,830
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 100 0.72 1.33 $12.73 $26,490
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 90 0.70 1.30 $11.80 $24,540
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.66 1.22 $11.03 $22,940

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.71 $34,760
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 0.55 $16.57 $34,460
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.94 $33,150
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.72 $32,700
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.46 0.85 $15.01 $31,220


About May 2017 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018