Occupational Employment Statistics

May 2008 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 585,820 100.00% $16.25 $18.96 $39,440 1.0 %
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 10,560 1.80% $44.30 $48.56 $101,000 1.6 %
11-1011 Chief Executives 170 0.03% (5) $75.24 $156,490 8.3 %
11-1021 General and Operations Managers 2,600 0.44% $40.00 $48.96 $101,840 3.0 %
11-2022 Sales Managers 590 0.10% $49.14 $54.50 $113,370 4.5 %
11-3011 Administrative Services Managers 240 0.04% $36.36 $38.28 $79,620 4.7 %
11-3021 Computer and Information Systems Managers 80 0.01% $48.19 $50.93 $105,930 4.8 %
11-3031 Financial Managers 350 0.06% $52.62 $57.73 $120,070 6.1 %
11-3041 Compensation and Benefits Managers 90 0.02% $55.72 $60.87 $126,610 12.2 %
11-3042 Training and Development Managers 160 0.03% $45.98 $45.62 $94,900 3.7 %
11-3049 Human Resources Managers, All Other 280 0.05% $48.68 $52.82 $109,870 3.7 %
11-3061 Purchasing Managers 30 0.01% $57.89 $57.87 $120,370 7.6 %
11-3071 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers 3,240 0.55% $42.97 $45.78 $95,230 1.5 %
11-9041 Engineering Managers 280 0.05% $54.51 $56.37 $117,240 3.1 %
11-9199 Managers, All Other 2,340 0.40% $44.98 $46.23 $96,160 3.1 %
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 13,440 2.29% $31.30 $32.13 $66,830 2.2 %
13-1023 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 150 0.03% $28.63 $32.01 $66,570 5.8 %
13-1041 Compliance Officers, Except Agriculture, Construction, Health and Safety, and Transportation 50 0.01% $29.65 $30.67 $63,780 7.2 %
13-1071 Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists 580 0.10% $20.69 $22.23 $46,230 1.8 %
13-1072 Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists 310 0.05% $28.70 $29.81 $62,000 2.5 %
13-1073 Training and Development Specialists 1,000 0.17% $24.32 $25.34 $52,710 2.9 %
13-1079 Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Specialists, All Other 760 0.13% $31.33 $31.36 $65,220 2.1 %
13-1081 Logisticians 330 0.06% $26.00 $30.44 $63,310 4.5 %
13-1111 Management Analysts 420 0.07% $37.26 $37.94 $78,920 2.4 %
13-1199 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 7,820 1.33% $33.69 $33.90 $70,500 2.8 %
13-2011 Accountants and Auditors 840 0.14% $30.31 $33.10 $68,850 3.4 %
13-2051 Financial Analysts 580 0.10% $25.96 $27.89 $58,010 2.0 %
13-2099 Financial Specialists, All Other 500 0.09% $31.93 $32.88 $68,390 8.0 %
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 2,940 0.50% $27.99 $29.74 $61,860 1.7 %
15-1021 Computer Programmers 210 0.04% $32.91 $33.77 $70,230 4.2 %
15-1031 Computer Software Engineers, Applications 150 0.03% $36.33 $37.94 $78,920 5.7 %
15-1032 Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software 240 0.04% $35.95 $36.20 $75,290 3.2 %
15-1041 Computer Support Specialists 660 0.11% $19.06 $20.91 $43,500 2.1 %
15-1051 Computer Systems Analysts 310 0.05% $37.44 $36.97 $76,900 2.6 %
15-1061 Database Administrators 60 0.01% $30.48 $30.97 $64,410 3.9 %
15-1071 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 350 0.06% $30.85 $32.16 $66,890 2.2 %
15-1081 Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts 150 0.03% $30.04 $31.34 $65,190 2.4 %
15-1099 Computer Specialists, All Other 730 0.12% $25.41 $27.10 $56,360 1.4 %
15-2031 Operations Research Analysts 90 0.02% $38.57 $37.89 $78,800 5.9 %
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 3,370 0.58% $37.62 $37.73 $78,480 1.5 %
17-2011 Aerospace Engineers 120 0.02% $46.82 $46.40 $96,500 1.6 %
17-2112 Industrial Engineers 1,830 0.31% $33.82 $34.39 $71,530 1.6 %
17-2199 Engineers, All Other 970 0.17% $44.37 $43.43 $90,330 1.4 %
17-3026 Industrial Engineering Technicians 90 0.02% $23.70 $26.47 $55,050 6.9 %
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 280 0.05% $29.79 $31.42 $65,360 2.6 %
19-3021 Market Research Analysts 230 0.04% $28.34 $30.22 $62,850 2.7 %
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 290 0.05% $58.29 $60.51 $125,860 14.3 %
23-1011 Lawyers 190 0.03% $76.57 $79.26 $164,860 14.2 %
23-2011 Paralegals and Legal Assistants 60 0.01% $25.54 $25.59 $53,230 2.9 %
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 150 0.03% $25.42 $25.89 $53,840 3.3 %
27-1024 Graphic Designers 30 0.01% $28.13 $27.28 $56,740 3.5 %
27-3042 Technical Writers 70 0.01% $25.42 $26.21 $54,510 5.8 %
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 390 0.07% $27.37 $28.23 $58,710 1.6 %
29-9011 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists 360 0.06% $28.30 $28.79 $59,890 1.8 %
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 710 0.12% $21.30 $22.65 $47,120 2.1 %
33-1099 First-Line Supervisors/Managers, Protective Service Workers, All Other 100 0.02% $23.25 $24.81 $51,600 4.4 %
33-9032 Security Guards 310 0.05% $17.82 $20.12 $41,850 3.8 %
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 230 0.04% $21.27 $19.71 $40,990 3.3 %
37-2011 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners (8) (8) $21.28 $19.69 $40,960 3.4 %
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 6,900 1.18% $21.46 $24.20 $50,330 2.7 %
41-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales Workers 100 0.02% $19.41 $22.72 $47,250 8.8 %
41-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Non-Retail Sales Workers 170 0.03% $33.90 $37.98 $79,000 6.6 %
41-2011 Cashiers (8) (8) $8.30 $9.95 $20,690 8.4 %
41-2021 Counter and Rental Clerks 1,590 0.27% $14.62 $16.08 $33,450 1.4 %
41-2031 Retail Salespersons (8) (8) $10.24 $10.98 $22,850 9.2 %
41-3099 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 3,590 0.61% $24.45 $27.34 $56,870 2.5 %
41-4012 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 860 0.15% $26.82 $30.05 $62,510 7.1 %
41-9041 Telemarketers (8) (8) $15.17 $15.87 $33,000 2.0 %
41-9091 Door-to-Door Sales Workers, News and Street Vendors, and Related Workers (8) (8) $8.00 $9.51 $19,790 9.7 %
41-9099 Sales and Related Workers, All Other 110 0.02% (8) (8) (8) (8)
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 128,120 21.87% $15.11 $16.38 $34,080 0.6 %
43-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Office and Administrative Support Workers 10,710 1.83% $22.86 $24.61 $51,190 1.5 %
43-3011 Bill and Account Collectors (8) (8) $12.87 $13.85 $28,800 1.1 %
43-3021 Billing and Posting Clerks and Machine Operators 450 0.08% $14.33 $15.17 $31,560 4.7 %
43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 2,230 0.38% $15.59 $16.02 $33,320 2.1 %
43-3051 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks 510 0.09% $19.54 $20.35 $42,320 5.2 %
43-4051 Customer Service Representatives 11,770 2.01% $17.11 $17.25 $35,890 0.9 %
43-4071 File Clerks 50 0.01% $14.19 $14.63 $30,440 2.5 %
43-4151 Order Clerks 700 0.12% $12.26 $12.95 $26,940 3.3 %
43-4161 Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping 350 0.06% $17.20 $18.42 $38,320 3.0 %
43-4171 Receptionists and Information Clerks 310 0.05% $12.47 $12.89 $26,810 2.9 %
43-4199 Information and Record Clerks, All Other 90 0.02% $17.23 $17.77 $36,950 2.2 %
43-5011 Cargo and Freight Agents 7,130 1.22% $18.07 $18.63 $38,760 1.4 %
43-5021 Couriers and Messengers 28,690 4.90% $10.43 $11.73 $24,400 1.5 %
43-5032 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance 7,210 1.23% $18.63 $19.02 $39,560 1.5 %
43-5061 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 1,490 0.25% $19.84 $19.70 $40,980 1.3 %
43-5071 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 32,370 5.53% $16.09 $16.97 $35,300 1.2 %
43-5081 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers (8) (8) $12.08 $14.18 $29,490 7.4 %
43-5111 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping 100 0.02% $11.59 $12.13 $25,230 8.7 %
43-6011 Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 1,490 0.25% $19.35 $20.30 $42,230 1.7 %
43-6014 Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1,640 0.28% $15.51 $15.93 $33,130 2.1 %
43-9011 Computer Operators 90 0.02% $20.38 $19.20 $39,930 3.1 %
43-9021 Data Entry Keyers 1,360 0.23% $12.17 $12.83 $26,680 1.4 %
43-9051 Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service 2,760 0.47% $12.11 $13.08 $27,200 2.2 %
43-9061 Office Clerks, General 7,210 1.23% $13.61 $15.36 $31,960 1.0 %
43-9199 Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other 4,680 0.80% $17.52 $17.60 $36,610 1.3 %
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 13,480 2.30% $29.67 $30.71 $63,870 1.6 %
49-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 940 0.16% $32.31 $34.21 $71,160 2.8 %
49-2094 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment 110 0.02% $27.85 $27.20 $56,570 2.8 %
49-3011 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 4,540 0.77% $40.26 $38.08 $79,200 1.6 %
49-3021 Automotive Body and Related Repairers 220 0.04% $28.52 $28.00 $58,250 5.2 %
49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1,250 0.21% $28.86 $28.12 $58,500 0.8 %
49-3031 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 4,580 0.78% $26.80 $25.46 $52,960 0.9 %
49-9041 Industrial Machinery Mechanics 100 0.02% (8) (8) (8) (8)
49-9042 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1,270 0.22% $27.93 $26.32 $54,750 1.9 %
49-9043 Maintenance Workers, Machinery 70 0.01% $24.21 $24.41 $50,770 2.7 %
49-9098 Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers 80 0.01% $14.51 $14.69 $30,560 6.3 %
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 150 0.03% $15.36 $21.08 $43,850 12.6 %
51-9061 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers 40 0.01% (8) (8) (8) (8)
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 404,720 69.09% $15.44 $17.76 $36,940 1.4 %
53-1011 Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors (8) (8) $17.40 $22.84 $47,510 4.9 %
53-1021 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand 16,790 2.87% $19.87 $21.37 $44,460 1.1 %
53-1031 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators 10,160 1.73% $28.19 $29.07 $60,460 2.3 %
53-2011 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers 4,090 0.70% (4) (4) $143,580 13.3 %
53-3031 Driver/Sales Workers 1,140 0.19% $13.34 $14.36 $29,880 5.6 %
53-3032 Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer 31,630 5.40% $25.22 $23.63 $49,150 0.9 %
53-3033 Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services 154,730 26.41% $20.85 $20.67 $42,990 0.5 %
53-3041 Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs (8) (8) $12.17 $13.21 $27,480 7.6 %
53-3099 Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other 70 0.01% $11.63 $14.22 $29,570 18.8 %
53-6099 Transportation Workers, All Other 880 0.15% $19.08 $20.89 $43,460 2.6 %
53-7011 Conveyor Operators and Tenders 8,850 1.51% $14.51 $14.63 $30,430 1.3 %
53-7051 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 3,710 0.63% $15.24 $15.65 $32,550 1.7 %
53-7061 Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment 2,440 0.42% (8) (8) (8) (8)
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 161,790 27.62% $10.88 $11.83 $24,600 0.4 %
53-7063 Machine Feeders and Offbearers (8) (8) $12.43 $13.93 $28,960 9.8 %
53-7064 Packers and Packagers, Hand 4,560 0.78% $8.93 $9.90 $20,590 5.6 %
53-7199 Material Moving Workers, All Other (8) (8) $18.61 $18.42 $38,310 3.0 %

About May 2008 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.

(5) This wage is equal to or greater than $80.00 per hour or $166,400 per year.

(8) Estimates not released.




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