Courier / Messenger Salary

Average Messengers in the United States make around $12.86 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $9.41 per hour and $19.53. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and years of experience are driving factors as well. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Messengers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. About two in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and close to one-half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,408 - $50,265
(Median)
$19K
$33K
$50K
MEDIAN: $33,293
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90%

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$9.41 - $19.53
(Median)
$9
$13
$20
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$19,408 - $50,265  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $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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$19,971 - $45,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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
$9.41 - $19.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.23  
Overtime
$13.57 - $35.56  
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 - $515  
   
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $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).
)
$19,971 - $45,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 744
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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. A common career progression for a Messenger is to become a Light Or Delivery Services Truck Driver or an Administrative Assistant. Compared to Messengers, the first group earns $4K more on average, and the second group earns $2K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Courier / Messenger


Although Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) leads the field in pay with a median salary of $37K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $30K on the low end all the way up to $60K at the top.

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.


Messengers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Driver/Core Development, Customer Service, and Driver can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Driver. Competency in Customer Service frequently indicates knowledge of Driver/Core Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Courier / Messenger

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


For Messengers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $26K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $29K. For Messengers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $35K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $36K.

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Experience Affects Courier / Messenger Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Courier / Messenger Salaries

Driver/Core Development
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Customer Service
0%

National Average
$29,000

Driver
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
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%
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