Courier / Messenger Salary

Messengers in the United States pull down an average of $12.87 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.41 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $19.64. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by years of experience and location. Most Messengers survey respondents are men (78 percent). While some workers in this profession — approximately two in five — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and around half have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Messengers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$20,287 - $49,754

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$9.41 - $19.64

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,287 - $49,754  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
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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$20,071 - $45,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 154
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.41 - $19.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.23  
Overtime
$13.59 - $35.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $513  
   
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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$20,071 - $45,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 753
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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 who move on to become Operations Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Operations Managers get paid an average 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 $3K and $2K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Courier / Messenger


Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $38K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $31K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $62K.

Employees at Quest Diagnostics take home the smallest paychecks, and $25K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $20K and quickly nearing the top at only $31K.


Messengers report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Driver/Core Development, Driver, and Customer Service can expect to be compensated well for these skills. 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.


Messengers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $29K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $26K. Messengers see a median salary of $35K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings 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
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Driver
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National Average
$29,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 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
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 39%
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