Courier / Messenger Salary (United States)

Pay for Couriers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $12.43 per hour. Pay starts at $9.17 per hour and can approach $19.53 on the higher side. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the specific employer and experience level are influential factors as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—38 percent lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Job satisfaction for Couriers is high. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Courier / Messenger Salary (?
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$19,539 - $50,047
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MEDIAN: $31,670
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Courier / Messenger Salary (?
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$9.17 - $19.53
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$19,539 - $50,047  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $750  
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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$19,553 - $46,470  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 144
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.17 - $19.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.41  
Overtime
$13.36 - $34.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $750  
   
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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$19,553 - $46,470  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 658
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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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For Couriers, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. Usually, an upper-level role like an Operations Manager will earn an extra $31K annually than those further down the career ladder. Couriers moving up in their career tend to step into positions as Delivery Service Truck Drivers or Fleet Dispatchers, where paychecks increase by $4,569 or $9,109 per year.

Courier / Messenger Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Courier / Messenger

Though Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) leads the field in terms of pay with a median salary of $37,517, employees there receive a range of salaries, from $30K on the low end all the way up to $61K. Quest Diagnostics offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $26,129. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $20,167 to $30,977.

Pay by Experience Level for Courier / Messenger

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
At career start, salaries are typically $25K, which grows to $30K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $34K. Couriers' salaries shift downward after two decades on the job, averaging $33K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 17 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within it.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Minneapolis
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Austin
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Seattle
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New York
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Chicago
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Miami
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Phoenix
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Columbus
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National Average
$28,000
Charlotte
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Houston
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Orlando
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Tampa
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Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Couriers, 43 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Minneapolis, Austin, Seattle, and New York, where Couriers typically earn around 39 percent, 26 percent, 25 percent, and 23 percent more than usual. Trailing the national average by 20 percent, Tampa is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Houston (-11 percent and -4 percent, respectively).

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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
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Courier / Messenger Salaries

National Average
$28,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
21%
female alumni
 
Male
79%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 38%
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