Courier / Messenger Salary

Messengers in the United States take home an average $14.06 per hour. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male Messengers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Although roughly two-fifths lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a little more than half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction for Messengers is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,872 - $55,580
$20K
$34K
$56K
MEDIAN: $34,462
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$10.03 - $20.64
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MEDIAN: $14.12
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$0$55K
Salary $19,872 - $55,580
Bonus $291.87 - $1,788
Profit Sharing $1,150
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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$21,178 - $49,610
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 165
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $10.03 - $20.64
Hourly Tips $2.44
Overtime $14.44 - $37.43
Annual Data $0$49K
Bonus $291.87 - $1,788
Profit Sharing $1,150
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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$21,178 - $49,610
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 609

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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

  • 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


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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.

Courier / Messenger Job Listings

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

National Average: $31,076

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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).

Courier / Messenger Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Courier / Messenger?

Courier / Messenger in Commerce:
"Busy."
Pros: Managers are great never nick pick. Light work. Learn new things.
Cons: The pay is a bit low. Need a job that pays more.

Courier / Messenger in St. George:
Pros: Hours work environment supervisors.
Cons: Lack of benefits, too small of a company.

Courier / Messenger in San Francisco:
Pros: The freedom to drive solo and not have to work in close proximity with other people.
Cons: Not enough shifts to pick up and commute.

Courier / Messenger in Birmingham:
"Courier."
Pros: Driving, and meeting others.
Cons: There aren't any benefits.

Courier / Messenger in Dallas:
"Meeting new and exciting people from all walks and cultures."
Pros: The independence of being my own boss the independency of the job.
Cons: I don't like to pay right I do not like how they pay us little money but give us a lot of work I make maybe $100 a week on certain contracts depends on how far I have to go out and I'm looking for something that is more stabled that pays good I don't mind working hard.

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Key Stats for Courier / Messenger

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 101 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Courier / Messenger Salaries

▲30%

▲13%

▲3%

National Average
$31,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Courier / Messenger Salaries

Customer Service Metrics
▲15%



Driver
▼0%

National Average
$31,000

Driving
▼3%

Transport
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 57%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 40%
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