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Courier / Messenger Salary

Earnings for Messengers in the United States come in at around $12.71 per hour on average. Earnings generally vary between $9.28 per hour and $19.72. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Male Messengers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Although close to two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and around half get dental coverage, too. Most Messengers report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,758 - $49,922
(Median)
$20K
$33K
$50K
MEDIAN: $33,017
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$9.28 - $19.72
(Median)
$9
$13
$20
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,758 - $49,922  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $512  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $900  
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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$19,825 - $46,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.28 - $19.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.23  
Overtime
$13.54 - $35.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $512  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $900  
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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$19,825 - $46,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 704

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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

  • Plan and follow the most efficient routes for delivering goods.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Courier / Messenger


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Messengers who move on to become Operations Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Operations Managers get paid an average of $59K per year. Messengers typically move into roles as Light or Delivery Services Truck Drivers or Administrative Assistants, and those positions pay $4K more and $3K more, respectively.

Courier / Messenger Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Courier / Messenger


Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $37K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $30K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $62K.

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 $26K.


Survey takers who work as Messengers typically report just a few professional skills. Driver/Core Development and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Many workers who know Customer Service also know Driver/Core Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Courier / Messenger

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


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $25K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $30K. On average, Messengers make $35K following one to two decades on the job. Messengers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Courier / Messenger Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Courier / Messenger Salaries

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

National Average
$28,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 39%