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Couriers and Messengers Salary Information

The salary statistics of couriers and messengers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of couriers and messengers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The couriers and messengers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Couriers and Messengers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,070
25th Percentile Wage
$22,900
50th Percentile Wage
$28,250
75th Percentile Wage
$35,520
90th Percentile Wage
$43,440

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for couriers and messengers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) couriers and messengers is $43,440. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $28,250. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,070. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 116% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of couriers and messengers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$28,250
0.28% 9.95%
2016
$28,170
3.16% -
2015
$27,280
2.35% -
2014
$26,640
1.54% -
2013
$26,230
3.01% -
2012
$25,440
- -

Table 2. Couriers and Messengers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of couriers and messengers in 19 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for couriers and messengers occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $51,390. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $22,160).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$51,390
Federal, State, and Local Government
$36,310
Educational Services
$31,760
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$29,870
Construction
$29,620
Health Care and Social Assistance
$29,460
Mining
$29,260
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$28,560
Manufacturing
$27,960
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$27,830
Wholesale Trade
$27,620
Transportation and Warehousing
$26,930
Information
$26,680
Finance and Insurance
$26,620
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$26,390
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$26,280
Accommodation and Food Services
$25,510
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$25,120
Retail Trade
$22,160

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Couriers and Messengers by States

From the above tables we note that not only couriers and messengers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of couriers and messengers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,730 to $37,400. The highest paying state for couriers and messengers is Rhode Island with a median annual salary of $37,400. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,730. For more salary information of couriers and messengers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Rhode Island
$37,400
Washington
$34,980
New Jersey
$33,760
Alaska
$32,860
Maryland
$32,560
District of Columbia
$32,140
Oregon
$31,950
California
$30,910
Massachusetts
$30,380
Connecticut
$30,210
Delaware
$29,970
Hawaii
$29,960
Colorado
$29,580
Virginia
$29,430
Oklahoma
$29,150
Tennessee
$29,070
Florida
$28,820
Maine
$28,750
North Dakota
$28,560
Pennsylvania
$28,500
New York
$28,430
Missouri
$27,990
Arizona
$27,820
Nevada
$27,650
Illinois
$27,470
Utah
$27,340
Minnesota
$27,180
North Carolina
$27,100
Texas
$26,780
New Mexico
$26,670
Montana
$26,560
Indiana
$26,440
Michigan
$26,150
Georgia
$26,060
New Hampshire
$26,060
Ohio
$26,000
Vermont
$25,990
South Carolina
$25,370
Arkansas
$25,280
Iowa
$25,180
Wyoming
$25,160
Kansas
$24,850
Mississippi
$24,550
Alabama
$24,450
Kentucky
$24,440
Idaho
$24,420
Virgin Islands
$24,330
South Dakota
$24,210
West Virginia
$23,890
Nebraska
$23,220
Guam
$23,210
Louisiana
$22,830
Wisconsin
$21,780
Puerto Rico
$18,730



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