Courier / Messenger Salary

Messengers in the United States can expect wages of $13.08 per hour on average. Pay ranges from $9.52 per hour on the low end to $19.61 on the high end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Some workers in this field — two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. Most Messengers report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,374 - $50,976
(Median)
$20K
$34K
$51K
MEDIAN: $34,319
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$9.52 - $19.61
(Median)
$9
$13
$20
MEDIAN: $13.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary 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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,374 - $50,976  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $518  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $1,987  
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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$20,141 - $45,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.52 - $19.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $9.93  
Overtime
$13.52 - $35.68  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $518  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $1,987  
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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$20,141 - $45,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 842
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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 after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Operations Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $59K per year. Messengers typically move into roles as Light or Delivery Services Truck Drivers or Administrative Assistants, and those positions pay $3K more and $2K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Courier / Messenger


Although Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) boasts the highest average salary in town at $37K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $31K or as much as $60K.

Salaries are easily beat at Quest Diagnostics, where median pay comes to just $24K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $20K and ending at $31K, range in salary is rather small.

Pay by Experience Level for Courier / Messenger

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $27K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $30K on average. Messengers bring in $35K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $36K.

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Experience Affects Courier / Messenger Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Courier / Messenger Salaries

Driver
up arrow 7%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
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National Average
$29,000

Driving
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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