Occupational Employment Statistics

May 2009 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 XLS files.

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 552,300 100.00% $16.65 $19.20 $39,940 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 10,010 1.81% $43.94 $48.20 $100,250 1.7 %
11-1011 Chief Executives 140 0.03% (5) $79.15 $164,630 8.9 %
11-1021 General and Operations Managers 2,310 0.42% $39.90 $49.24 $102,420 3.7 %
11-2021 Marketing Managers 90 0.02% $50.41 $55.29 $115,010 5.3 %
11-2022 Sales Managers 660 0.12% $47.16 $51.75 $107,630 2.5 %
11-3011 Administrative Services Managers 190 0.03% $39.56 $42.88 $89,200 6.0 %
11-3021 Computer and Information Systems Managers 80 0.01% $49.01 $51.91 $107,970 5.7 %
11-3031 Financial Managers 340 0.06% $49.98 $57.06 $118,680 6.6 %
11-3041 Compensation and Benefits Managers 60 0.01% $50.92 $54.84 $114,070 18.4 %
11-3042 Training and Development Managers 160 0.03% $44.99 $45.00 $93,610 3.9 %
11-3049 Human Resources Managers, All Other 290 0.05% $49.04 $53.14 $110,520 3.9 %
11-3061 Purchasing Managers 40 0.01% $43.16 $51.86 $107,880 12.0 %
11-3071 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers 2,810 0.51% $42.97 $45.49 $94,620 1.6 %
11-9041 Engineering Managers 310 0.06% $54.70 $56.30 $117,110 3.3 %
11-9199 Managers, All Other 2,490 0.45% $43.10 $44.78 $93,130 3.2 %
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 11,380 2.06% $29.90 $30.94 $64,360 2.3 %
13-1023 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products 180 0.03% $26.90 $27.97 $58,170 3.3 %
13-1071 Employment, Recruitment, and Placement Specialists 440 0.08% $20.90 $22.65 $47,120 2.3 %
13-1072 Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists 230 0.04% $30.06 $30.56 $63,570 3.7 %
13-1073 Training and Development Specialists 870 0.16% $23.42 $24.79 $51,560 2.9 %
13-1079 Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Specialists, All Other 700 0.13% $30.58 $30.79 $64,040 2.0 %
13-1081 Logisticians 390 0.07% $25.81 $30.14 $62,690 3.8 %
13-1111 Management Analysts 460 0.08% $37.66 $37.87 $78,780 2.4 %
13-1199 Business Operations Specialists, All Other 6,400 1.16% $31.44 $32.08 $66,720 3.0 %
13-2011 Accountants and Auditors 830 0.15% $29.10 $31.83 $66,220 3.8 %
13-2051 Financial Analysts 470 0.09% $25.40 $28.11 $58,470 2.2 %
13-2099 Financial Specialists, All Other 350 0.06% $30.24 $31.96 $66,480 12.7 %
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 2,960 0.54% $27.57 $29.55 $61,460 1.6 %
15-1021 Computer Programmers 220 0.04% $33.35 $34.47 $71,700 4.3 %
15-1031 Computer Software Engineers, Applications 140 0.03% $35.53 $36.88 $76,700 5.5 %
15-1032 Computer Software Engineers, Systems Software 270 0.05% $36.71 $36.64 $76,210 4.3 %
15-1041 Computer Support Specialists 710 0.13% $19.37 $21.03 $43,750 1.8 %
15-1051 Computer Systems Analysts 230 0.04% $36.44 $36.89 $76,730 3.4 %
15-1061 Database Administrators 60 0.01% $31.69 $32.00 $66,570 4.1 %
15-1071 Network and Computer Systems Administrators 330 0.06% $31.66 $33.12 $68,890 2.4 %
15-1081 Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts 140 0.03% $29.73 $31.15 $64,780 2.7 %
15-1099 Computer Specialists, All Other (8) (8) $26.03 $27.64 $57,500 1.2 %
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 3,280 0.59% $38.19 $38.11 $79,270 1.3 %
17-2011 Aerospace Engineers 160 0.03% $43.81 $44.52 $92,600 2.6 %
17-2071 Electrical Engineers 50 0.01% $42.81 $42.68 $88,780 3.9 %
17-2199 Engineers, All Other 850 0.15% $43.03 $42.86 $89,140 1.7 %
17-3021 Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians 190 0.03% $41.65 $40.35 $83,930 2.8 %
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% $30.17 $32.50 $67,600 2.6 %
19-3021 Market Research Analysts 250 0.05% $28.91 $31.68 $65,900 2.5 %
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 210 0.04% $58.41 $58.59 $121,870 23.0 %
23-1011 Lawyers 150 0.03% $72.91 $75.44 $156,920 20.8 %
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 130 0.02% $24.99 $25.45 $52,930 2.3 %
27-3042 Technical Writers 70 0.01% $24.47 $25.23 $52,480 3.9 %
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 740 0.13% $19.03 $20.72 $43,100 2.8 %
33-1099 First-Line Supervisors/Managers, Protective Service Workers, All Other (8) (8) $23.56 $25.11 $52,230 5.0 %
33-9021 Private Detectives and Investigators 250 0.05% $29.31 $28.25 $58,760 2.7 %
33-9032 Security Guards 320 0.06% (8) (8) (8) (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 170 0.03% $12.87 $14.99 $31,180 6.7 %
37-2011 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners 170 0.03% $12.72 $14.84 $30,870 7.3 %
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 6,780 1.23% $20.97 $23.79 $49,480 2.5 %
41-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales Workers 100 0.02% $19.45 $23.43 $48,740 4.5 %
41-1012 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Non-Retail Sales Workers 140 0.03% $32.99 $37.27 $77,510 6.9 %
41-2011 Cashiers (8) (8) $8.42 $10.15 $21,110 8.0 %
41-2021 Counter and Rental Clerks 1,850 0.33% $14.01 $15.60 $32,440 2.2 %
41-2031 Retail Salespersons (8) (8) $9.48 $11.23 $23,360 12.1 %
41-3099 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other 3,750 0.68% $23.78 $27.13 $56,430 2.7 %
41-4012 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products 660 0.12% $24.98 $28.14 $58,540 5.8 %
41-9099 Sales and Related Workers, All Other 90 0.02% $23.93 $25.72 $53,490 15.6 %
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 122,370 22.16% $15.27 $16.70 $34,740 0.6 %
43-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Office and Administrative Support Workers 11,480 2.08% $24.91 $26.46 $55,040 1.4 %
43-2011 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service 30 0.01% $10.41 $10.79 $22,430 4.9 %
43-3021 Billing and Posting Clerks and Machine Operators 530 0.10% $15.36 $15.47 $32,190 2.5 %
43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks 2,120 0.38% $16.94 $16.85 $35,050 1.8 %
43-3051 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks 420 0.08% $19.25 $19.40 $40,340 4.6 %
43-4051 Customer Service Representatives 9,860 1.79% $17.73 $17.63 $36,680 1.0 %
43-4071 File Clerks 50 0.01% $15.76 $15.21 $31,640 3.0 %
43-4151 Order Clerks 660 0.12% $13.34 $13.85 $28,820 3.6 %
43-4161 Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping 210 0.04% $17.25 $17.36 $36,100 1.4 %
43-4171 Receptionists and Information Clerks 250 0.05% $12.16 $12.39 $25,770 3.1 %
43-4199 Information and Record Clerks, All Other 70 0.01% $18.09 $18.17 $37,800 2.9 %
43-5011 Cargo and Freight Agents 6,580 1.19% $17.86 $18.30 $38,070 1.0 %
43-5021 Couriers and Messengers 26,010 4.71% $10.66 $12.13 $25,230 1.9 %
43-5032 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance 6,190 1.12% $18.57 $19.18 $39,900 1.6 %
43-5061 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 1,440 0.26% $19.88 $19.80 $41,190 1.4 %
43-5071 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks 36,510 6.61% $14.72 $16.27 $33,840 0.7 %
43-5081 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers 810 0.15% $12.93 $14.47 $30,100 8.3 %
43-5111 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping 40 0.01% $14.35 $15.07 $31,350 7.1 %
43-6011 Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants 850 0.15% $20.66 $21.75 $45,250 2.3 %
43-6014 Secretaries, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive 1,260 0.23% $14.86 $15.24 $31,700 1.9 %
43-9011 Computer Operators 70 0.01% $21.81 $21.22 $44,140 2.8 %
43-9021 Data Entry Keyers 1,430 0.26% $12.29 $12.98 $27,000 1.3 %
43-9051 Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service (8) (8) $14.04 $14.35 $29,850 3.6 %
43-9061 Office Clerks, General 6,470 1.17% $13.83 $15.99 $33,250 1.2 %
43-9199 Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other 4,800 0.87% $17.71 $18.00 $37,440 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 12,780 2.31% $31.09 $32.00 $66,560 1.5 %
49-1011 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 1,020 0.18% $33.28 $34.65 $72,080 2.2 %
49-2094 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment 60 0.01% $31.66 $30.18 $62,770 3.8 %
49-3011 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians 4,160 0.75% $42.67 $40.83 $84,920 1.3 %
49-3021 Automotive Body and Related Repairers 170 0.03% $28.73 $27.40 $56,980 2.7 %
49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics 1,530 0.28% $30.16 $28.65 $59,590 1.6 %
49-3031 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists 4,190 0.76% (8) (8) (8) (8)
49-9042 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General 1,200 0.22% $28.88 $27.00 $56,170 2.7 %
49-9098 Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers (8) (8) $13.04 $14.33 $29,810 11.4 %
49-9099 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other 310 0.06% $26.16 $28.31 $58,890 2.7 %
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 80 0.01% (8) (8) (8) (8)
51-9122 Painters, Transportation Equipment (8) (8) $22.68 $22.97 $47,770 5.9 %
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 380,630 68.92% $15.94 $18.14 $37,720 1.3 %
53-1011 Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors (8) (8) $18.42 $23.56 $49,010 5.9 %
53-1031 First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators 8,950 1.62% $29.59 $29.27 $60,880 0.8 %
53-2011 Airline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight Engineers 3,870 0.70% (8) (8) (8) (8)
53-2012 Commercial Pilots 310 0.06% (4) (4) $60,410 8.1 %
53-3031 Driver/Sales Workers 730 0.13% $15.48 $15.52 $32,290 5.2 %
53-3032 Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer 28,060 5.08% $26.19 $24.36 $50,660 0.9 %
53-3033 Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services 147,930 26.78% $21.96 $21.36 $44,440 0.5 %
53-3099 Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other 120 0.02% $11.80 $14.96 $31,120 13.7 %
53-6099 Transportation Workers, All Other 730 0.13% $19.33 $19.69 $40,950 3.1 %
53-7051 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators 4,760 0.86% $15.07 $15.56 $32,360 1.7 %
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand 152,580 27.63% $10.88 $11.81 $24,560 0.4 %
53-7063 Machine Feeders and Offbearers 100 0.02% $12.88 $13.21 $27,480 3.7 %
53-7064 Packers and Packagers, Hand (8) (8) $11.33 $12.36 $25,700 5.6 %

About May 2009 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) Estimate not released.




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Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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