Courier / Messenger Salary
|Salary||$19,872 - $55,580|
|Bonus||$291.87 - $1,788|
|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).)
|$21,178 - $49,610|
|Hourly Rate||$10.03 - $20.64|
|Overtime||$14.44 - $37.43|
|Bonus||$291.87 - $1,788|
|Total Pay (||$21,178 - $49,610|
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...
Messengers and couriers must be organized, as they are usually tasked with delivering important items or documents from one business to another; in the case of multiple delivery stops, couriers must be certain they are delivering the proper items to each recipient. Upon delivery, most courier systems require the signature of someone receiving the items; these signatures must also be organized so that they correspond with the proper items delivered.
For businesses who use couriers or messengers, time is usually of the essence. For that reason, it is important that a courier has a good working knowledge of local roads, highways, and traffic patterns; many courier companies base compensation on efficiency and the number of deliveries performed.
A courier must generally have a driver’s license with a clean record and a vehicle in good working order. In urban areas where traffic is dense and parking is at a premium, some messenger services use bicycle couriers. In this case, rather than a driver’s license, a courier must be in fairly good athletic shape and have a well-maintained bicycle at his or her disposal.
Messenger and courier work may be part time, as the demand for this service can fluctuate. This position generally requires availability during regular business hours during the week. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Courier / Messenger Tasks
- 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.
- Plan and follow the most efficient routes for delivering goods.
Common Career Paths for Courier / Messenger
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. 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 $6K higher, respectively.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Courier / Messenger
Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Messengers include Federal Express Corporation (FedEx), Quest Diagnostics, LabCorp of America, FedEx Ground, and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp). Federal Express Corporation (FedEx) offers the largest salaries in town ($40K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $33K to $58K. FedEx Ground, FedEx Office, and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) also offer top salaries for Messengers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $38K, $30K, and $29K, respectively.
Quest Diagnostics offers the least pay with a median salary of $24K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $31K. Employees at MedSpeed, LabCorp of America, and Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) can also expect below-average earnings of $26K, $28K, and $29K.
Popular Skills for Courier / Messenger
Messengers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Customer Service Metrics, Driver/Core Development, Customer Service, and Driver are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Transport. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know Driving.
Pay by Experience Level for Courier / Messenger
Pay by Experience for a Courier / Messenger has a positive trend. An entry-level Courier / Messenger with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 468 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Courier / Messenger with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 177 salaries. An experienced Courier / Messenger which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 181 salaries. A Courier / Messenger with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 69 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Minneapolis offers some of the highest pay in the country for Messengers, 34 percent above the national average. Messengers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+32 percent), Atlanta (+22 percent), Orlando (+16 percent), and Seattle (+14 percent). Messengers in Jacksonville earn salaries far below the national average by 22 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Workers in Phoenix and New York earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (21 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).
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