Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

43-5021 Couriers and Messengers

Pick up and carry messages, documents, packages, and other items between offices or departments within an establishment or to other business concerns, traveling by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, or public conveyance. Exclude "Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services" (53-3033).

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
120,900 2.1 % $9.96 $20,720 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.63 $7.59 $9.32 $11.46 $14.30
Annual Wage (2) $13,790 $15,780 $19,390 $23,840 $29,750

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Couriers 22,410 $9.97 $20,750 1 62
Local messengers and local delivery 15,340 $9.46 $19,670 2 84
Legal services 11,880 $9.18 $19,100 3 93
General medical and surgical hospitals 7,160 $9.75 $20,280 4 74
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 6,870 $9.86 $20,500 5 67

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 940 $18.74 $38,980 23 1
Telecommunications resellers 110 $17.60 $36,600 73 2
Support activities for mining 60 $17.26 $35,900 95 3
Power generation and supply 90 $14.66 $30,490 81 4
Wireless telecommunications carriers 130 $14.31 $29,770 67 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
New York 15,680 $10.01 $20,810 0.189% 622
Nevada 1,670 $10.27 $21,360 0.158% 512
Kentucky 2,460 $9.07 $18,870 0.143% 535
California 20,040 $10.23 $21,270 0.139% 630
Utah 1,140 $8.97 $18,660 0.109% 553

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 250 $13.72 $28,530 0.087% 346
Maryland 1,480 $11.59 $24,100 0.061% 519
Connecticut 1,010 $11.25 $23,400 0.062% 518
New Jersey 2,760 $11.24 $23,380 0.072% 583
Massachusetts 2,570 $11.03 $22,940 0.080% 585

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Hattiesburg, MS MSA 170 $7.99 $16,610 0.367%
New York, NY PMSA 10,730 $9.95 $20,690 0.269%
Gary, IN PMSA 660 $7.76 $16,130 0.267%
Champaign-Urbana, IL MSA 260 $9.01 $18,740 0.261%
San Luis Obispo-Atascadero-Paso Robles, CA MSA 260 $9.24 $19,210 0.256%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 1,430 $14.58 $30,330 0.143%
Santa Rosa, CA PMSA 290 $14.08 $29,290 0.149%
Hagerstown, MD PMSA (6) $13.76 $28,610 (6)
Anchorage, AK MSA 160 $13.06 $27,170 0.117%
Lancaster, PA MSA 470 $12.54 $26,090 0.215%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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