Courier / Messenger Salary (United States)

Couriers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $12.43 per hour. Compensation generally starts at $9.17 per hour and does not exceed $19.53. Cash earnings—including $750 in bonuses and $1,465 profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale—generally stretch from $19,539 to $50,047 depending on individual performance. While the company and tenure impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Health benefits are not claimed by all—38 percent lack any form of coverage—but more than half have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Most Couriers report high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Courier / Messenger Salary (?
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.
)
$19,539 - $50,047
(Median)
20K
25K
32K
40K
50K
MEDIAN: $31,670
10%
25%
50%
75%
90%
Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px
Courier / Messenger Salary (?
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.
)
$9.17 - $19.53
(Median)
9
12
16
20
MEDIAN: $12.00
10%
50%
75%
90%
Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$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).
)
$19,553 - $46,470  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 144
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.
)
$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.17 - $19.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.41  
Overtime
$13.36 - $34.05  
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.
)
$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).
)
$19,553 - $46,470  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 658
Is Courier / Messenger your job title? Get a personalized salary report!
Location:
United States (change)
Years in Field/Career:

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.
Read More...
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

Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px   Copy and paste this HTML:
More often than not, Couriers can expect a sizeable increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Operations Manager can offer an extra $31K annually than lower-level jobs in the same field. When Couriers are ready for the next step in their career, they often become Delivery Service Truck Drivers or Fleet Dispatchers, where they can expect an additional $4,569 or $9,109 per year.

Courier / Messenger Job Listings

Search for more jobs:
job title / company
location

Popular Employer Salaries for Courier / Messenger

Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) offers the largest salaries in town—$37,517 on average—but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $30K to $61K) creates a rather varied pay scale. Couriers will find the worst pay at Quest Diagnostics, where the median salary crawls in at $26,129. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $31K, leaving little room for growth.

Pay by Experience Level for Courier / Messenger

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Workers new to the field can expect to earn $25K, increasing to $30K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $34K. For Couriers, two decades of experience in the field often means a drop in salary—average earnings fall to $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, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
up arrow 43%
Minneapolis
up arrow 39%
Austin
up arrow 26%
Seattle
up arrow 25%
New York
up arrow 23%
Chicago
up arrow 9%
Miami
up arrow 7%
Phoenix
up arrow 5%
Columbus
0%
National Average
$28,000
Charlotte
up arrow 2%
Houston
up arrow 4%
Orlando
up arrow 11%
Tampa
up arrow 20%
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Surpassing the national average by 43 percent, Couriers in Washington receive some of the highest pay in the country. Couriers will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+39 percent), Austin (+26 percent), Seattle (+25 percent), and New York (+23 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 20 percent south of the national average, can be found in Tampa. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando (-11 percent) and Houston (-4 percent).

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Courier / Messenger Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 25%
Late-Career
up arrow 18%
Mid-Career
up arrow 9%
National Average
$28,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Courier / Messenger Salaries

National Average
$28,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied Image
Extremely satisfied
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%
Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid
Job Title:
Years in Field/Career:
Location:
United States (change)
- OR -