Courier / Messenger Salary

For Messengers, hourly average wages total $12.76 per hour. Pay ranges from $9.35 per hour on the low end to $19.49 on the high end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Most Messengers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Although the greater part have medical coverage and roughly one-half have dental coverage, roughly two in five claim no health benefits at all. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Messengers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,435 - $50,227
(Median)
$19K
$33K
$50K
MEDIAN: $33,148
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$9.35 - $19.49
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
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
$19,435 - $50,227  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $514  
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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$19,884 - $45,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.35 - $19.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.23  
Overtime
$13.61 - $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 - $514  
   
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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$19,884 - $45,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 741
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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. It is quite typical for Messengers to transition into roles as Light or Delivery Services Truck Drivers or Administrative Assistants, where reported median earnings are $4K and $2K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Courier / Messenger


For Messengers, comfortable salaries can be found at Federal Express Corporation (FedEx); in fact, average earnings are around $37K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($30K versus $60K) is great.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $20K to just $31K — but Quest Diagnostics offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $25K.


Messengers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Driver/Core Development, Customer Service, and Driver can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Driver. Many workers who know Customer Service also know Driver/Core Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Courier / Messenger

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


For many Messengers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $26K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $29K. Messengers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $35K. 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
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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
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National Average
$29,000

Driver
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

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: 58% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 40%
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