Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2003

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).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
117,460 2.6 % $10.17 $21,160 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $6.68 $7.76 $9.56 $11.78 $14.75
Annual Wage (2) $13,900 $16,150 $19,880 $24,510 $30,680

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Couriers 23,910 $9.92 $20,630
Local messengers and local delivery 13,580 $9.94 $20,670
Legal services 10,890 $9.67 $20,100
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 7,250 $10.17 $21,140
General medical and surgical hospitals 6,960 $10.24 $21,300

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Support activities for mining 60 $20.67 $43,000
Postal service 770 $19.15 $39,830
Power generation and supply 60 $17.45 $36,300
Rail transportation 30 $15.05 $31,300
Independent artists, writers, and performers (7) $14.66 $30,500

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
New York 15,230 $9.97 $20,740 0.185%
Kentucky 2,380 $9.39 $19,530 0.138%
California 18,800 $10.35 $21,530 0.130%
Nevada 1,380 $10.65 $22,140 0.127%
Vermont 370 $9.78 $20,340 0.127%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Alaska 230 $13.47 $28,020 0.079%
District of Columbia 320 $12.87 $26,770 0.054%
Wyoming 170 $11.98 $24,910 0.071%
Maryland 1,800 $11.72 $24,370 0.074%
Connecticut 920 $11.66 $24,260 0.056%

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
Ventura, CA PMSA 850 $9.10 $18,920 0.289%
Scranton—Wilkes-Barre—Hazleton, PA MSA 750 $8.91 $18,520 0.271%
New York, NY PMSA 10,660 $9.70 $20,170 0.270%
Champaign-Urbana, IL MSA 220 $9.91 $20,610 0.239%
Orange County, CA PMSA 2,930 $9.28 $19,290 0.203%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 390 $13.93 $28,970 0.046%
Danbury, CT PMSA 50 $13.19 $27,430 0.056%
Trenton, NJ PMSA 110 $13.01 $27,060 0.051%
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 490 $12.73 $26,470 0.076%
Anchorage, AK MSA 160 $12.70 $26,420 0.116%

About November 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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November 2003 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

November 2003 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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November 2003 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: April 19, 2005

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