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Courier / Messenger Salary

Messengers in the United States pull down an average of $12.53 per hour. Pay generally varies between $9.21 per hour and $19.43. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the specific employer and years of experience are influential factors as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, over a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the larger part and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Most Messengers report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Messengers who answered the questionnnaire. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$19,258 - $49,581
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MEDIAN: $31,472
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$9.21 - $19.43
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,258 - $49,581  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $590  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $1,465  
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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$19,640 - $46,551  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.21 - $19.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.23  
Overtime
$13.44 - $35.23  
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.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $590  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $1,465  
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).
)
$19,640 - $46,551  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 675
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary transition into upper-level roles like Operations Manager. Median pay for an Operations Manager is $58K 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 $4K higher on average, and it's $9K higher for Trucking and Transportation Fleet Dispatchers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Courier / Messenger


Employees at Quest Diagnostics take home the smallest paychecks, and $27K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $20K and quickly nearing the top at only $31K.


Messengers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Driver/Core Development and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Customer Service and Driver/Core Development are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Courier / Messenger

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $25K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $30K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Messengers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $35K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $32K.

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Experience Affects Courier / Messenger Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 26%

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Courier / Messenger Salaries


Customer Service
up arrow 4%

National Average
$28,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 38%