Courier / Messenger Salary

Earnings for Messengers in the United States come in at around $13.76 per hour on average. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. Work is enjoyable for Messengers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Messengers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly two in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by a little over a half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,351 - $54,719
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$35K
$55K
MEDIAN: $35,170
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$9.86 - $20.15
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MEDIAN: $13.76
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$21,351 - $54,719  
   
Bonus
$292.77 - $3,250  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$20,789 - $47,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $20.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.50  
Overtime
$14.72 - $36.07  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$292.77 - $3,250  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$20,789 - $47,755  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 634

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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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Many Messengers move into an Operations Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $59K per year. Light or Delivery Services Truck Drivers or Trucking and Transportation Fleet Dispatchers are common next-step roles for Messengers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Light or Delivery Services Truck Drivers is $2K higher on average, and it's $7K higher for Trucking and Transportation Fleet Dispatchers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Courier / Messenger


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Messengers include Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp of America, FedEx Ground, and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp). Although Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) boasts the highest average salary in town at $40K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $33K or as much as $60K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $20K to just $31K — but Quest Diagnostics offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $24K.

Popular Skills for Courier / Messenger


Messengers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Customer Service Metrics, Driver/Core Development, Customer Service, and Driver are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Transport. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well versed in Driving.

Pay by Experience Level for Courier / Messenger

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Messengers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $29K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $32K. Messengers see a median salary of $35K after reaching one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Messenger generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $41K.

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Key Stats for Courier / Messenger

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Courier / Messenger Salaries

Late-Career
▲33%

Experienced
▲15%

Mid-Career
▲3%

National Average
$31,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Courier / Messenger Salaries

Customer Service Metrics
▲17%



Driver
▲1%

National Average
$31,000

Driving
▼1%

Transport
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 78 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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