Courier / Messenger Salary

For Messengers, hourly average wages total $13.08 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $9.52 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $19.61. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although about two in five lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly more than half get dental coverage, too. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,374 - $50,976
(Median)
$20K
$34K
$51K
MEDIAN: $34,319
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$9.52 - $19.61
(Median)
$9
$13
$20
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$20,374 - $50,976  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $518  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $1,987  
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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$20,141 - $45,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.52 - $19.61  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $9.93  
Overtime
$13.52 - $35.68  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $518  
   
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $1,987  
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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$20,141 - $45,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 842
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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. Messengers most often move into positions as Light or Delivery Services Truck Drivers or Administrative Assistants; those groups report median salaries that are $3K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Courier / Messenger


Although Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) boasts the highest average salary in town at $37K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $31K or as much as $60K.

Employees at Quest Diagnostics take home the smallest paychecks, and $24K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $20K and quickly nearing the top at only $31K.


Messengers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Driver, Driver/Core Development, Customer Service, and Driving are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Driving. 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.


For Messengers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $27K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $30K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Messengers make a median salary of $35K. Messengers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $36K on average.

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Experience Affects Courier / Messenger Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Courier / Messenger Salaries

Driver
up arrow 7%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 3%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

National Average
$29,000

Driving
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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