Occupational Employment Statistics

May 2006 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

NAICS 492000 - Couriers and Messengers


These national industry-specific occupational employment and wage estimates are calculated with data collected from employers of all sizes, in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia, in NAICS 492000 - Couriers and Messengers.

Additional information, including the hourly and annual 10th, 25th, 75th, and 90th percentile wages, percent of establishments reporting the occupation, and the employment percent relative standard error, is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

NAICS Industry 492000 - Couriers and Messengers is part of: Sectors 48 and 49 - Transportation and Warehousing.

NAICS 492000 - Couriers and Messengers consists of:

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NAICS 492000 - Couriers and Messengers

All Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
00-0000 All Occupations 576,160 100.00% $15.05 $17.28 $35,940 0.9 %
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Management Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
11-0000 Management Occupations 10,850 1.88% $39.42 $43.05 $89,540 1.3 %
11-1011 Chief Executives 240 0.04% $59.10 $63.38 $131,830 4.5 %
11-1021 General and Operations Managers 3,280 0.57% $38.72 $43.28 $90,030 2.3 %
11-2021 Marketing Managers 60 0.01% $36.20 $41.52 $86,370 7.3 %
11-2022 Sales Managers 320 0.06% $40.01 $47.39 $98,580 6.0 %
11-3011 Administrative Services Managers 360 0.06% $34.84 $35.52 $73,880 3.1 %
11-3021 Computer and Information Systems Managers 120 0.02% $36.88 $38.66 $80,420 3.7 %
11-3031 Financial Managers 260 0.05% $50.55 $52.94 $110,120 4.9 %
11-3041 Compensation and Benefits Managers 180 0.03% $40.39 $44.31 $92,170 8.2 %
11-3042 Training and Development Managers 60 0.01% $44.51 $46.17 $96,030 4.7 %
11-3049 Human Resources Managers, All Other 130 0.02% $43.82 $47.66 $99,130 4.2 %
11-3071 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers 4,030 0.70% $37.87 $40.32 $83,870 1.5 %
11-9041 Engineering Managers 140 0.02% $47.11 $50.64 $105,340 4.3 %
11-9199 Managers, All Other 1,590 0.28% $43.49 $44.75 $93,080 2.5 %
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Business and Financial Operations Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
13-0000 Business and Financial Operations Occupations 12,240 2.12% $30.70 $31.41 $65,330 1.9 %
13-1023 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 180 0.03% $26.87 $30.00 $62,390 5.3 %
13-1041 Compliance Officers, Except Agriculture, Construction, Health and Safety, and Transportation 80 0.01% $22.58 $25.54 $53,120 7.6 %
13-1051 Cost Estimators (8) (8) $16.74 $19.77 $41,120 7.1 %
13-1071 Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists 440 0.08% $20.76 $22.69 $47,200 1.8 %
13-1072 Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists 370 0.06% $25.27 $26.54 $55,200 2.5 %
13-1073 Training and Development Specialists 830 0.14% $23.20 $23.78 $49,470 3.7 %
13-1079 Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Specialists, All Other 550 0.10% $29.50 $29.69 $61,750 2.4 %
13-1081 Logisticians 110 0.02% $27.29 $26.67 $55,470 11.1 %
13-1111 Management Analysts 270 0.05% $31.54 $32.05 $66,650 4.3 %
13-1199 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 7,450 1.29% $33.06 $33.89 $70,500 1.6 %
13-2011 Accountants and Auditors 990 0.17% $25.87 $27.48 $57,150 3.6 %
13-2031 Budget Analysts 30 0.01% $15.22 $18.03 $37,510 8.9 %
13-2051 Financial Analysts 320 0.06% $26.62 $26.71 $55,560 2.1 %
13-2099 Financial Specialists, All Other 490 0.09% $37.15 $36.35 $75,610 2.3 %
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Computer and Mathematical Science Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Science Occupations 2,810 0.49% $26.36 $27.15 $56,460 3.9 %
15-1021 Computer Programmers 370 0.06% $30.09 $28.71 $59,720 3.0 %
15-1031 Computer Software Engineers, Applications 260 0.05% $32.67 $33.12 $68,880 2.0 %
15-1032 Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software (8) (8) $36.57 $36.82 $76,590 3.6 %
15-1041 Computer Support Specialists 860 0.15% $17.79 $19.16 $39,850 5.1 %
15-1051 Computer Systems Analysts 360 0.06% $33.71 $33.86 $70,440 2.0 %
15-1061 Database Administrators 90 0.02% $29.99 $30.43 $63,290 3.5 %
15-1071 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 360 0.06% $24.40 $26.20 $54,490 2.5 %
15-1081 Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts (8) (8) $28.07 $29.28 $60,900 3.2 %
15-1099 Computer Specialists, All Other 80 0.01% $24.19 $25.37 $52,780 3.9 %
15-2031 Operations Research Analysts 150 0.03% $32.70 $32.86 $68,350 5.2 %
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Architecture and Engineering Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations 2,540 0.44% $34.27 $34.09 $70,910 2.2 %
17-2011 Aerospace Engineers 110 0.02% $38.20 $37.05 $77,060 7.1 %
17-2199 Engineers, All Other 1,130 0.20% $40.18 $39.03 $81,190 1.1 %
17-3029 Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other 180 0.03% $22.04 $22.11 $45,990 2.4 %
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Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
19-0000 Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations 170 0.03% $29.50 $29.57 $61,510 3.2 %
19-3021 Market Research Analysts 130 0.02% $28.53 $28.56 $59,400 4.0 %
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Legal Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
23-0000 Legal Occupations 240 0.04% $37.83 $48.32 $100,510 12.4 %
23-1011 Lawyers 140 0.02% $64.91 $70.80 $147,260 11.9 %
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Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 170 0.03% $24.57 $24.47 $50,910 3.2 %
27-3042 Technical Writers 80 0.01% $26.19 $25.93 $53,930 5.5 %
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Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
29-0000 Healthcare Practitioner and Technical Occupations 200 0.03% $24.87 $25.13 $52,280 4.8 %
29-9011 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists 170 0.03% $25.77 $25.71 $53,490 5.1 %
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Protective Service Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
33-0000 Protective Service Occupations 570 0.10% $17.64 $20.35 $42,320 4.2 %
33-1099 First-Line Supervisors/Managers, Protective Service Workers, All Other 30 0.01% $36.22 $33.31 $69,270 4.4 %
33-9032 Security Guards 420 0.07% $16.71 $19.53 $40,610 5.1 %
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Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
37-0000 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 610 0.11% $13.79 $16.25 $33,800 6.0 %
37-2011 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 570 0.10% $14.50 $16.41 $34,130 5.1 %
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Personal Care and Service Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
39-0000 Personal Care and Service Occupations (8) (8) $12.45 $12.40 $25,790 5.8 %
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Sales and Related Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
41-0000 Sales and Related Occupations 5,480 0.95% $21.51 $23.55 $48,980 3.9 %
41-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales Workers 130 0.02% $19.39 $20.65 $42,940 7.5 %
41-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Non-Retail Sales Workers 390 0.07% $28.69 $29.31 $60,960 4.4 %
41-2011 Cashiers 140 0.02% $10.32 $12.20 $25,370 7.5 %
41-2021 Counter and Rental Clerks 490 0.09% $12.91 $14.40 $29,950 2.7 %
41-2031 Retail Salespersons (8) (8) $8.66 $10.39 $21,620 9.6 %
41-3099 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 2,100 0.36% $25.77 $28.91 $60,140 5.0 %
41-4012 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 1,030 0.18% $25.60 $27.91 $58,060 4.4 %
41-9041 Telemarketers 510 0.09% $13.08 $14.62 $30,420 6.9 %
41-9091 Door-to-Door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors, and Related Workers (8) (8) $7.86 $9.82 $20,430 14.4 %
41-9099 Sales and Related Workers, All Other (8) (8) $25.01 $23.84 $49,580 11.6 %
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Office and Administrative Support Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
43-0000 Office and Administrative Support Occupations 128,180 22.25% $13.63 $14.71 $30,600 0.8 %
43-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Office and Administrative Support Workers 4,950 0.86% $20.83 $22.22 $46,220 1.7 %
43-3011 Bill and Account Collectors 1,530 0.27% $13.63 $14.34 $29,830 2.8 %
43-3021 Billing and Posting Clerks and Machine Operators 760 0.13% $13.64 $14.13 $29,390 3.9 %
43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 2,300 0.40% $13.54 $14.63 $30,420 2.3 %
43-3051 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks 380 0.07% $20.51 $20.42 $42,470 6.6 %
43-4051 Customer Service Representatives 16,790 2.91% $15.21 $15.55 $32,340 1.0 %
43-4071 File Clerks 130 0.02% $11.48 $11.79 $24,510 4.0 %
43-4151 Order Clerks 760 0.13% $10.51 $11.36 $23,620 3.1 %
43-4161 Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping 510 0.09% $16.20 $17.81 $37,040 4.0 %
43-4171 Receptionists and Information Clerks 610 0.11% $12.69 $14.65 $30,480 5.2 %
43-4181 Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks 40 0.01% $12.54 $14.34 $29,820 15.0 %
43-4199 Information and Record Clerks, All Other 130 0.02% $14.73 $15.74 $32,750 3.9 %
43-5011 Cargo and Freight Agents 7,680 1.33% $17.68 $18.42 $38,300 2.0 %
43-5021 Couriers and Messengers 32,300 5.61% $9.74 $11.07 $23,030 1.8 %
43-5032 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance 7,710 1.34% $16.93 $17.31 $36,000 1.5 %
43-5061 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 1,730 0.30% $18.45 $18.36 $38,190 3.5 %
43-5071 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 19,320 3.35% $13.80 $15.36 $31,950 2.8 %
43-5081 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 3,050 0.53% $13.74 $14.75 $30,670 3.8 %
43-5111 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping 300 0.05% $12.01 $12.90 $26,830 2.9 %
43-6011 Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 2,300 0.40% $17.21 $17.87 $37,170 1.9 %
43-6014 Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 2,240 0.39% $15.02 $15.03 $31,260 2.3 %
43-9011 Computer Operators 120 0.02% $19.03 $18.91 $39,330 4.5 %
43-9021 Data Entry Keyers 1,470 0.26% $11.63 $12.12 $25,200 2.0 %
43-9051 Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service 3,660 0.64% $11.49 $12.10 $25,160 3.1 %
43-9061 Office Clerks, General 8,280 1.44% $13.60 $14.47 $30,100 1.6 %
43-9071 Office Machine Operators, Except Computer 50 0.01% $11.46 $12.18 $25,330 2.9 %
43-9199 Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other 8,500 1.48% $15.18 $15.46 $32,160 3.1 %
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Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
49-0000 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 14,480 2.51% $26.35 $26.49 $55,100 2.1 %
49-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 770 0.13% $33.11 $33.49 $69,650 3.3 %
49-2011 Computer, Automated Teller, and Office Machine Repairers 80 0.01% $18.95 $17.57 $36,540 15.9 %
49-2094 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment 170 0.03% $25.99 $25.59 $53,230 2.5 %
49-3011 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 5,620 0.98% $32.42 $30.33 $63,080 3.2 %
49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 930 0.16% $24.99 $23.71 $49,310 1.1 %
49-3031 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 4,200 0.73% $24.27 $23.37 $48,610 1.2 %
49-9042 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1,850 0.32% $23.64 $22.12 $46,020 3.6 %
49-9043 Maintenance Workers, Machinery 130 0.02% $21.78 $20.48 $42,590 3.0 %
49-9098 Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers 160 0.03% $12.95 $12.53 $26,060 2.8 %
49-9099 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other 60 0.01% $14.29 $14.47 $30,090 7.6 %
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Production Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
51-0000 Production Occupations 210 0.04% $23.10 $24.47 $50,890 6.9 %
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Transportation and Material Moving Occupations top
Employment Estimates Wage Estimates
SOC Code Number Occupation Title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Employment (1) Percent of Total Median Hourly Mean Hourly Mean Annual (2) Mean RSE (3)
53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 397,270 68.95% $14.55 $16.21 $33,710 0.9 %
53-1011 Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors (8) (8) $24.52 $22.38 $46,550 9.3 %
53-1021 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand 11,460 1.99% $17.73 $19.26 $40,070 1.7 %
53-1031 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators 13,210 2.29% $26.90 $27.60 $57,420 1.8 %
53-2011 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers 700 0.12% (4) (4) (9) (9)
53-2022 Airfield Operations Specialists 70 0.01% $16.03 $18.67 $38,830 7.8 %
53-3031 Driver/Sales Workers 3,360 0.58% $19.56 $17.87 $37,180 5.9 %
53-3032 Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer 29,490 5.12% $21.51 $21.06 $43,810 0.8 %
53-3033 Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services 163,130 28.31% $17.34 $17.66 $36,740 0.7 %
53-3041 Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs 160 0.03% $9.90 $10.43 $21,690 6.8 %
53-3099 Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other 260 0.05% $13.88 $14.81 $30,810 4.8 %
53-6099 Transportation Workers, All Other 1,480 0.26% $16.55 $18.08 $37,600 5.6 %
53-7011 Conveyor Operators and Tenders 14,660 2.54% $13.91 $13.95 $29,010 1.8 %
53-7051 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 8,660 1.50% $13.69 $14.36 $29,870 2.7 %
53-7061 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 1,370 0.24% $12.46 $15.02 $31,240 2.8 %
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 129,880 22.54% $11.45 $12.16 $25,290 0.7 %
53-7064 Packers and Packagers, Hand 11,520 2.00% $9.75 $10.31 $21,450 4.2 %
53-7199 Material Moving Workers, All Other 2,240 0.39% $16.89 $16.70 $34,730 2.2 %

About May 2006 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

(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.

(4) Wages for some occupations that do not generally work year-round, full time, are reported either as hourly wages or annual salaries depending on how they are typically paid.

(8) Estimates not released.

(9) Wage data for this occupation were removed because of reporting errors. Data are being corrected and revised wage estimates will be posted as soon as possible.




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