Messengers in the United States take home approximately $13.75 per hour on average. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by the specific employer and tenure. Job satisfaction for Messengers is high. Male Messengers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. While some workers in this profession — close to two-fifths — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and a little more than half have dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,918 - $53,176
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$21K
$35K
$53K
MEDIAN: $34,710
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$9.82 - $19.93
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MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$20,918 - $53,176  
   
Bonus
$289.06 - $4,055  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$20,658 - $46,913  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 171
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.82 - $19.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.50  
Overtime
$14.81 - $36.44  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$289.06 - $4,055  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$20,658 - $46,913  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 642
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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 often transition into Operations Manager positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Operations Managers earn $59K per year. Messengers most often move into positions as Light or Delivery Services Truck Drivers or Trucking and Transportation Fleet Dispatchers; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Courier / Messenger


Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp of America, FedEx Ground, and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Messengers. Employees of Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $39K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $32K to $57K.

Salaries are easily beat at Quest Diagnostics, where median pay comes to just $24K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $20K and ending at $31K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Courier / Messenger


Survey results show that Messengers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Driver, Driver/Core Development, Customer Service, and Transport are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Driving and Transport. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well versed in Driving.

Pay by Experience Level for Courier / Messenger

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $29K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $31K. For Messengers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $35K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Messenger with more than 20 years of experience can earn $40K on average.

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Experience Affects Courier / Messenger Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$30,000


Skills That Affect Courier / Messenger Salaries

Driver
up arrow 6%

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

National Average
$30,000

Transport
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Driving
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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