Courier / Messenger Salary

Average Messengers in the United States make around $14.01 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the company and tenure. While approximately two in five report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and a little more than half have dental, as well. Male Messengers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,423 - $56,498
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$35K
$56K
MEDIAN: $34,960
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$9.97 - $20.31
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$0$56K
Salary $21,423 - $56,498
Bonus $294.09 - $1,828
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$21,078 - $49,740
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 163
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $9.97 - $20.31
Hourly Tips $2.44
Overtime $14.71 - $36.65
Annual Data $0$49K
Bonus $294.09 - $1,828
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$21,078 - $49,740
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 589

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Job Description for Courier / Messenger

There are many occasions in which designs, contracts, and official/notarized documents must be physically transported from one nearby location to another. Couriers are employed either by companies that perform specialized information or document deliveries during the course of a regular business day; they may also be employed by a company that specializes in messenger services for other organizations.

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Courier / Messenger Tasks

  • Pick up and carry messages, documents, packages, and other items between offices or departments within a company or to other businesses, traveling by foot, bicycle, motorcycle or car.
  • Plan and follow the most efficient routes for delivering goods.

Common Career Paths for Courier / Messenger


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Messengers often transition into Operations Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Operations Managers earn $59K per year. Messengers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Light or Delivery Services Truck Drivers or Trucking and Transportation Fleet Dispatchers. The median paychecks in those roles are $2K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Courier / Messenger


Dominating the field, Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp of America, FedEx Ground, and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Messengers. Messengers flock to Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $40K lead the pack in compensation; however, Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $33K at one end to $58K at the other end. Other employers shelling out big bucks include FedEx Ground, FedEx Office, and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp), where Messengers typically earn around $38K, $30K, or $29K, respectively.

Employees at Quest Diagnostics take home the smallest paychecks, and $24K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $20K and quickly nearing the top at only $31K. Employees at MedSpeed, LabCorp of America, and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) can also expect below-average earnings of $26K, $28K, and $29K.

Popular Skills for Courier / Messenger


Messengers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Service Metrics, Driver/Core Development, Customer Service, and Driver are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Transport. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Driving.

Pay by Experience Level for Courier / Messenger

Pay by Experience for a Courier / Messenger has a positive trend. An entry-level Courier / Messenger with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 468 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Courier / Messenger with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 177 salaries. An experienced Courier / Messenger which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 181 salaries. A Courier / Messenger with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 69 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $30,997

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Messengers, Minneapolis offers exceptional salaries, 34 percent above the national average. Messengers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+32 percent), Atlanta (+23 percent), Orlando (+16 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Jacksonville Messengers earning much less — 22 percent less — than the national average. Employers in Phoenix and New York also lean toward paying below-median salaries (21 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Courier / Messenger Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Courier / Messenger?

Courier / Messenger in Commerce:
"Busy."
Pros: Managers are great never nick pick. Light work. Learn new things.
Cons: The pay is a bit low. Need a job that pays more.

Courier / Messenger in St. George:
Pros: Hours work environment supervisors.
Cons: Lack of benefits, too small of a company.

Courier / Messenger in San Francisco:
Pros: The freedom to drive solo and not have to work in close proximity with other people.
Cons: Not enough shifts to pick up and commute.

Courier / Messenger in Birmingham:
"Courier."
Pros: Driving, and meeting others.
Cons: There aren't any benefits.

Courier / Messenger in Dallas:
"Meeting new and exciting people from all walks and cultures."
Pros: The independence of being my own boss the independency of the job.
Cons: I don't like to pay right I do not like how they pay us little money but give us a lot of work I make maybe $100 a week on certain contracts depends on how far I have to go out and I'm looking for something that is more stabled that pays good I don't mind working hard.

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Key Stats for Courier / Messenger

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 90 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Courier / Messenger Salaries

▲30%

▲13%

▲4%

National Average
$31,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Courier / Messenger Salaries

Customer Service Metrics
▲15%



Driver
▼0%

National Average
$31,000

Driving
▼3%

Transport
▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 41%
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