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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Couriers and Messengers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,260
25th Percentile Wage
$22,330
50th Percentile Wage
$28,170
75th Percentile Wage
$35,800
90th Percentile Wage
$44,440

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 $44,440. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $28,170. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,260. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 130% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of couriers and messengers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201628,1703.16%9.69%
201527,2802.35%-
201426,6401.54%-
201326,2303.01%-
201225,440--

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 $50,140. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $23,440).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$50,140
Federal, State, and Local Government
$35,240
Mining
$34,100
Educational Services
$31,300
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$29,340
Health Care and Social Assistance
$29,040
Manufacturing
$28,490
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$27,800
Transportation and Warehousing
$27,530
Wholesale Trade
$27,490
Accommodation and Food Services
$26,850
Information
$26,830
Construction
$26,550
Finance and Insurance
$26,040
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$25,770
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$25,650
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$25,520
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$24,940
Retail Trade
$23,440

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 $18,870 to $36,940. The highest paying state for couriers and messengers is Montana with a median annual salary of $36,940. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,870. For more salary information of couriers and messengers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Montana
$36,940
New Jersey
$34,710
Oregon
$33,250
Rhode Island
$32,980
California
$32,000
Washington
$31,880
Maryland
$31,670
Connecticut
$31,640
Virgin Islands
$30,570
New York
$30,300
Tennessee
$30,170
Wyoming
$30,090
Massachusetts
$29,900
District of Columbia
$29,300
Virginia
$29,070
Nevada
$29,050
Colorado
$28,960
Maine
$28,770
Illinois
$28,540
Florida
$28,220
Pennsylvania
$28,210
Oklahoma
$27,730
Texas
$27,670
Missouri
$27,250
Alaska
$27,230
Hawaii
$27,120
North Carolina
$26,900
Minnesota
$26,700
Arizona
$26,530
Delaware
$26,130
Vermont
$26,000
Indiana
$25,940
Iowa
$25,910
Utah
$25,540
New Mexico
$25,440
Arkansas
$25,160
Ohio
$25,160
North Dakota
$25,090
Michigan
$24,870
Kentucky
$24,480
West Virginia
$24,350
Idaho
$24,240
South Dakota
$24,190
Kansas
$24,160
South Carolina
$23,880
Alabama
$23,660
Nebraska
$23,210
New Hampshire
$22,650
Wisconsin
$22,330
Louisiana
$22,140
Guam
$21,420
Mississippi
$20,210
Puerto Rico
$18,870


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