Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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)
93,460 1.8 % $12.36 $25,710 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.95 $9.19 $11.43 $14.45 $18.19
Annual Wage (2) $16,530 $19,120 $23,770 $30,050 $37,830


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Couriers and Express Delivery Services 13,500 $12.46 $25,920
Local Messengers and Local Delivery 12,510 $11.78 $24,500
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories 10,660 $12.56 $26,130
Legal Services 9,990 $12.14 $25,260
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 5,820 $12.77 $26,560

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Postal Service 390 $25.25 $52,520
Other Telecommunications 40 $22.14 $46,050
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 70 $18.96 $39,430
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 50 $15.58 $32,400
Other Information Services (8) $15.47 $32,180


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Nevada 1,790 $13.40 $27,870 1.518
Rhode Island 630 $13.83 $28,760 1.374
Idaho 720 $10.51 $21,870 1.173
New York 9,680 $13.37 $27,810 1.140
California 13,360 $12.38 $25,750 0.919

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Massachusetts 2,560 $16.55 $34,410 0.808
Alaska 200 $16.35 $34,010 0.659
District of Columbia 260 $15.47 $32,170 0.401
Connecticut 700 $14.91 $31,020 0.422
Washington 1,730 $14.66 $30,500 0.619


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Manchester, NH 230 $12.57 $26,140 2.353
Tallahassee, FL 350 $9.72 $20,210 2.181
Sherman-Denison, TX 80 $13.05 $27,150 2.039
Owensboro, KY 90 $8.95 $18,610 1.965
Laredo, TX 170 $8.91 $18,530 1.952

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Worcester, MA-CT 290 $17.95 $37,330 1.232
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,510 $17.90 $37,230 0.896
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,110 $17.58 $36,570 0.906
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,220 $16.75 $34,850 0.530
Anchorage, AK 120 $16.26 $33,810 0.702


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan 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 XLS files.

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.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010

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