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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of couriers and messengers from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
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|
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
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|
|New Jersey|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|Virgin Islands|| |
|New York|| |
|District of Columbia|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |