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Courier / Messenger Salary (United States)

Messengers in the United States pull down an average of $12.43 per hour. In the world of Messengers, total cash compensation can vary between $20K and $46K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $750 and $1K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though the company and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. While some workers in this profession — more than a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Messengers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Courier / Messenger Salary (?
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$19,539 - $50,047
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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  
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  
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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Messengers' salaries can rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Operations Manager. Operations Managers usually get paid $58K per year. It is quite typical for Messengers to transition into roles as Light or Delivery Services Truck Drivers or Trucking and Transportation Fleet Dispatchers, where reported median earnings are $5K and $9K higher per year.

Courier / Messenger Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Courier / Messenger

Although Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $38K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $30K to $61K. Employees at Quest Diagnostics take home the smallest paychecks, and $26K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $20K and quickly nearing the top at only $31K. Also approaching the lower end is Federal Express Corporation (FedEx).

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 by 6 percent and 5 percent respectively. Experience with Customer Service is often linked with 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.
The average beginner in this position makes around $25K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $30K. Messengers bring in $34K after working for 10 to 20 years. Messengers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $32K. A majority of respondents report one to nine years of experience. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one in six of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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$28,000
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Surpassing the national average by 43 percent, Messengers in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Messengers will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+39 percent), Austin (+26 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), and New York (+23 percent). Tampa ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 20 percent below the national average. Employers in Orlando and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Courier / Messenger Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
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$28,000
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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%