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Courier / Messenger Salary

Messengers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.74 per hour. Compensation ranges from $9.32 per hour on the lower end to $19.62 on the higher end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the company and experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Male Messengers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and roughly two-fifths lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by approximately half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,006 - $50,345
(Median)
$20K
$34K
$50K
MEDIAN: $33,784
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$9.32 - $19.62
(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
$20,006 - $50,345  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $521  
Profit Sharing
$308.37 - $983  
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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$19,909 - $46,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 157
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
$9.32 - $19.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.23  
Overtime
$13.52 - $35.53  
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 - $521  
   
Profit Sharing
$308.37 - $983  
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).
)
$19,909 - $46,391  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 720

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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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Advancing into an Operations Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Messengers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $59K per year. Messengers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Light or Delivery Services Truck Drivers or Administrative Assistants. The median paychecks in those roles are $4K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Courier / Messenger


Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) offers the largest salaries in town ($37K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $30K to $62K.

Quest Diagnostics offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $25K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $20K to $31K.


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Messengers who took the survey. Driver/Core Development and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Customer Service and Driver/Core Development are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Courier / Messenger

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


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $26K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $30K on average. Messengers see a median salary of $35K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Courier / Messenger Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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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 137 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 39%
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