Occupational Employment Statistics

May 2012 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 492000 - Couriers and Messengers is part of: Sectors 48 and 49 - Transportation and Warehousing.

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NAICS 492000 - Couriers and Messengers

Occupation code Occupation title (click on the occupation title to view an occupational profile) Group Employment Employment RSE Percent of total employment Median hourly wage Mean hourly wage Annual mean wage Mean wage RSE
00-0000 All Occupations total 526,290 1.3% 100.00% $18.95 $21.70 $45,140 0.8%
11-0000 Management Occupations major 10,970 3.2% 2.08% $44.00 $48.13 $100,100 1.3%
11-1000 Top Executives minor 2,650 6.1% 0.50% $38.32 $48.31 $100,480 3.3%
11-1011 Chief Executives detail 130 26.7% 0.03% $80.32 $83.87 $174,440 13.0%
11-1021 General and Operations Managers detail 2,520 5.9% 0.48% $37.26 $46.41 $96,540 3.1%
11-2000 Advertising, Marketing, Promotions, Public Relations, and Sales Managers minor 1,410 8.8% 0.27% $47.79 $53.20 $110,670 2.2%
11-2020 Marketing and Sales Managers broad 1,400 8.7% 0.27% $47.84 $53.16 $110,580 2.2%
11-2021 Marketing Managers detail 120 14.4% 0.02% $52.10 $56.39 $117,290 5.1%
11-2022 Sales Managers detail 1,280 9.2% 0.24% $47.41 $52.85 $109,930 2.3%
11-3000 Operations Specialties Managers minor 4,830 4.4% 0.92% $43.85 $45.96 $95,610 1.6%
11-3011 Administrative Services Managers detail 240 14.4% 0.05% $38.37 $37.65 $78,310 2.8%
11-3021 Computer and Information Systems Managers detail 80 12.2% 0.02% $54.08 $57.68 $119,970 5.0%
11-3031 Financial Managers detail 310 10.7% 0.06% $51.34 $55.92 $116,310 5.3%
11-3071 Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers detail 3,580 4.5% 0.68% $43.01 $44.69 $92,950 1.6%
11-3121 Human Resources Managers detail 400 8.0% 0.08% $47.23 $50.45 $104,930 4.1%
11-3131 Training and Development Managers detail 160 10.7% 0.03% $48.51 $50.08 $104,160 6.4%
11-9000 Other Management Occupations minor 2,070 3.1% 0.39% $48.02 $49.47 $102,890 1.9%
11-9041 Architectural and Engineering Managers detail 110 6.5% 0.02% $59.20 $60.01 $124,810 3.8%
11-9199 Managers, All Other detail 1,950 3.1% 0.37% $47.29 $48.77 $101,440 2.0%
13-0000 Business and Financial Operations Occupations major 9,100 3.4% 1.73% $31.80 $32.93 $68,500 1.4%
13-1000 Business Operations Specialists minor 8,130 3.4% 1.55% $31.81 $32.73 $68,080 1.4%
13-1020 Buyers and Purchasing Agents broad 130 11.7% 0.02% $28.39 $29.09 $60,500 2.5%
13-1023 Purchasing Agents, Except Wholesale, Retail, and Farm Products detail 110 13.3% 0.02% $28.68 $29.64 $61,640 2.0%
13-1041 Compliance Officers detail 40 14.2% 0.01% (8) (8) (8) (8)
13-1070 Human Resources Workers broad 1,280 3.8% 0.24% $27.18 $28.32 $58,910 1.7%
13-1071 Human Resources Specialists detail 740 4.1% 0.14% $26.59 $27.86 $57,950 2.3%
13-1075 Labor Relations Specialists detail 550 5.1% 0.10% $27.77 $28.94 $60,200 2.6%
13-1081 Logisticians detail 630 19.7% 0.12% $32.30 $32.29 $67,170 5.0%
13-1111 Management Analysts detail 1,850 6.0% 0.35% $36.57 $37.99 $79,030 2.1%
13-1141 Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists detail 110 9.2% 0.02% $28.53 $29.79 $61,960 4.0%
13-1151 Training and Development Specialists detail 1,180 11.0% 0.22% $26.26 $28.40 $59,070 6.4%
13-1161 Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists detail 370 7.1% 0.07% $30.90 $32.48 $67,550 3.5%
13-1199 Business Operations Specialists, All Other detail 2,530 3.8% 0.48% $33.35 $33.63 $69,950 2.8%
13-2000 Financial Specialists minor 970 8.2% 0.18% $31.69 $34.61 $71,980 4.0%
13-2011 Accountants and Auditors detail 500 12.8% 0.09% $31.70 $35.69 $74,240 7.0%
13-2050 Financial Analysts and Advisors broad 320 9.8% 0.06% $29.65 $32.60 $67,810 2.5%
13-2051 Financial Analysts detail 320 9.8% 0.06% $29.65 $32.60 $67,810 2.5%
13-2099 Financial Specialists, All Other detail 140 6.4% 0.03% $35.97 $35.75 $74,370 5.3%
15-0000 Computer and Mathematical Occupations major 2,820 6.4% 0.54% $29.98 $32.31 $67,200 2.0%
15-1100 Computer Occupations minor 2,730 6.6% 0.52% $29.75 $32.10 $66,780 2.0%
15-1120 Computer and Information Analysts broad 120 7.6% 0.02% $39.00 $39.01 $81,150 4.7%
15-1121 Computer Systems Analysts detail 110 7.5% 0.02% $39.33 $39.21 $81,560 4.8%
15-1130 Software Developers and Programmers broad 490 16.9% 0.09% $38.30 $39.26 $81,660 1.7%
15-1131 Computer Programmers detail 50 16.1% 0.01% $34.83 $36.04 $74,970 3.4%
15-1132 Software Developers, Applications detail 230 27.2% 0.04% $40.21 $40.78 $84,830 2.1%
15-1133 Software Developers, Systems Software detail 130 16.6% 0.03% $40.63 $41.69 $86,710 3.1%
15-1134 Web Developers detail 80 8.9% 0.02% $31.94 $32.88 $68,390 4.2%
15-1140 Database and Systems Administrators and Network Architects broad 300 9.1% 0.06% $34.63 $35.81 $74,490 2.7%
15-1141 Database Administrators detail 50 15.1% 0.01% $31.24 $34.17 $71,080 6.6%
15-1142 Network and Computer Systems Administrators detail 240 10.5% 0.04% $34.41 $35.56 $73,970 2.8%
15-1150 Computer Support Specialists broad 810 9.4% 0.15% $24.43 $24.68 $51,340 2.6%
15-1151 Computer User Support Specialists detail 540 10.8% 0.10% $21.97 $23.57 $49,030 3.4%
15-1152 Computer Network Support Specialists detail 270 17.9% 0.05% $26.63 $26.86 $55,870 1.9%
15-1199 Computer Occupations, All Other detail 1,010 7.9% 0.19% $29.46 $32.70 $68,010 2.5%
15-2000 Mathematical Science Occupations minor 90 7.5% 0.02% $39.67 $38.57 $80,230 5.8%
15-2031 Operations Research Analysts detail 90 7.5% 0.02% $39.67 $38.57 $80,230 5.8%
17-0000 Architecture and Engineering Occupations major 1,490 4.2% 0.28% $39.17 $39.07 $81,270 1.4%
17-2000 Engineers minor 1,370 4.4% 0.26% $38.72 $38.79 $80,680 1.4%
17-2011 Aerospace Engineers detail (8) (8) (8) $48.76 $49.57 $103,100 1.9%
17-2110 Industrial Engineers, Including Health and Safety broad 810 4.0% 0.15% $35.64 $35.77 $74,410 1.4%
17-2112 Industrial Engineers detail 810 4.0% 0.15% $35.66 $35.78 $74,420 1.4%
17-2199 Engineers, All Other detail 270 4.5% 0.05% $41.28 $41.10 $85,490 2.2%
23-2000 Legal Support Workers minor (8) (8) (8) $13.11 $15.05 $31,300 10.1%
27-0000 Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations major 110 31.1% 0.02% $27.34 $29.90 $62,200 14.5%
27-3000 Media and Communication Workers minor 80 32.8% 0.01% $27.74 $31.00 $64,470 23.1%
27-3040 Writers and Editors broad 40 40.9% 0.01% $21.09 $23.23 $48,320 5.4%
27-3042 Technical Writers detail 40 40.0% 0.01% $24.37 $24.63 $51,240 5.3%
29-0000 Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations major 460 3.6% 0.09% (8) (8) (8) (8)
29-9000 Other Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations minor 460 3.6% 0.09% (8) (8) (8) (8)
29-9010 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists and Technicians broad 460 3.6% 0.09% (8) (8) (8) (8)
29-9011 Occupational Health and Safety Specialists detail 440 3.7% 0.08% (8) (8) (8) (8)
33-0000 Protective Service Occupations major 940 5.0% 0.18% $22.97 $23.63 $49,150 2.0%
33-9000 Other Protective Service Workers minor 930 5.1% 0.18% $22.92 $23.55 $48,990 2.0%
33-9021 Private Detectives and Investigators detail 360 10.5% 0.07% $28.71 $29.05 $60,420 1.7%
33-9030 Security Guards and Gaming Surveillance Officers broad 220 5.5% 0.04% (8) (8) (8) (8)
33-9032 Security Guards detail 220 5.5% 0.04% (8) (8) (8) (8)
33-9090 Miscellaneous Protective Service Workers broad 360 6.2% 0.07% (8) (8) (8) (8)
33-9099 Protective Service Workers, All Other detail 360 6.2% 0.07% (8) (8) (8) (8)
35-0000 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations major 90 32.5% 0.02% (8) (8) (8) (8)
35-2000 Cooks and Food Preparation Workers minor 50 32.9% 0.01% $9.48 $9.59 $19,940 3.8%
37-0000 Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations major 70 37.0% 0.01% $10.97 $13.19 $27,430 9.7%
37-2000 Building Cleaning and Pest Control Workers minor 70 37.0% 0.01% $10.97 $13.19 $27,430 9.7%
37-2010 Building Cleaning Workers broad 70 37.0% 0.01% $10.97 $13.19 $27,430 9.7%
37-2011 Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners detail 70 37.0% 0.01% $10.97 $13.19 $27,430 9.7%
39-0000 Personal Care and Service Occupations major 820 35.4% 0.16% $9.32 $10.82 $22,500 6.7%
41-0000 Sales and Related Occupations major 7,270 4.4% 1.38% $22.83 $25.61 $53,270 1.7%
41-1010 First-Line Supervisors of Sales Workers broad 230 15.1% 0.04% $29.88 $29.42 $61,200 4.7%
41-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers detail 90 24.1% 0.02% $18.28 $20.03 $41,660 5.0%
41-1012 First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers detail 150 19.4% 0.03% $34.20 $34.87 $72,530 4.7%
41-2000 Retail Sales Workers minor 2,020 8.2% 0.38% $17.47 $18.32 $38,110 2.6%
41-2010 Cashiers broad 40 42.0% 0.01% $10.08 $11.82 $24,590 4.0%
41-2011 Cashiers detail 40 42.0% 0.01% $10.08 $11.82 $24,590 4.0%
41-2020 Counter and Rental Clerks and Parts Salespersons broad 1,770 6.5% 0.34% $17.62 $18.82 $39,150 1.3%
41-2021 Counter and Rental Clerks detail 1,770 6.5% 0.34% $17.62 $18.82 $39,150 1.3%
41-3000 Sales Representatives, Services minor 4,660 5.3% 0.89% $26.10 $28.81 $59,930 2.2%
41-3099 Sales Representatives, Services, All Other detail 4,660 5.3% 0.89% $26.10 $28.81 $59,930 2.2%
41-4010 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing broad 220 19.2% 0.04% $20.64 $24.75 $51,480 7.4%
41-4012 Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products detail 220 19.2% 0.04% $20.64 $24.75 $51,480 7.4%
41-9000 Other Sales and Related Workers minor 130 25.0% 0.03% $17.99 $18.69 $38,880 8.2%
41-9090 Miscellaneous Sales and Related Workers broad 110 27.5% 0.02% $19.78 $19.65 $40,860 5.2%
41-9099 Sales and Related Workers, All Other detail 80 23.2% 0.02% $23.29 $22.92 $47,660 6.5%
43-0000 Office and Administrative Support Occupations major 109,810 1.6% 20.86% $15.59 $17.34 $36,060 0.5%
43-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers detail 10,620 2.0% 2.02% $27.19 $27.81 $57,840 0.9%
43-2000 Communications Equipment Operators minor (8) (8) (8) $12.98 $13.16 $27,380 6.6%
43-2011 Switchboard Operators, Including Answering Service detail (8) (8) (8) $12.98 $13.16 $27,380 6.6%
43-3000 Financial Clerks minor 5,240 5.0% 1.00% $16.00 $17.10 $35,570 1.9%
43-3021 Billing and Posting Clerks detail 370 12.5% 0.07% $16.00 $16.39 $34,100 3.4%
43-3031 Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks detail 1,590 9.5% 0.30% $19.23 $18.99 $39,490 2.5%
43-3051 Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks detail 360 24.2% 0.07% $21.05 $21.85 $45,450 7.8%
43-3061 Procurement Clerks detail 60 43.8% 0.01% $20.94 $21.11 $43,920 4.5%
43-4000 Information and Record Clerks minor 9,640 3.6% 1.83% $18.23 $18.13 $37,700 0.8%
43-4051 Customer Service Representatives detail 8,400 3.5% 1.60% $18.57 $18.31 $38,090 0.9%
43-4151 Order Clerks detail 600 34.2% 0.11% $16.25 $16.34 $33,990 2.7%
43-4161 Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping detail 260 4.0% 0.05% $19.60 $19.71 $40,990 2.0%
43-4171 Receptionists and Information Clerks detail 130 17.3% 0.02% $11.89 $12.89 $26,810 4.9%
43-5000 Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Workers minor 74,280 1.9% 14.11% $14.44 $15.76 $32,770 0.7%
43-5011 Cargo and Freight Agents detail 7,360 3.1% 1.40% $18.59 $19.22 $39,970 0.9%
43-5021 Couriers and Messengers detail 20,850 5.5% 3.96% $11.71 $12.77 $26,570 1.7%
43-5030 Dispatchers broad 6,630 5.4% 1.26% $18.60 $19.42 $40,380 1.9%
43-5032 Dispatchers, Except Police, Fire, and Ambulance detail 6,630 5.4% 1.26% $18.60 $19.42 $40,380 1.9%
43-5061 Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks detail 1,470 5.9% 0.28% $20.91 $21.38 $44,470 1.3%
43-5071 Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks detail 37,500 1.8% 7.12% $14.36 $15.82 $32,900 0.5%
43-5081 Stock Clerks and Order Fillers detail 440 14.5% 0.08% $18.73 $20.36 $42,360 6.5%
43-5111 Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, and Samplers, Recordkeeping detail 30 24.3% 0.01% $14.15 $14.74 $30,660 3.9%
43-6010 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants broad 1,920 7.6% 0.37% $18.34 $18.38 $38,240 2.7%
43-6011 Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants detail 180 20.3% 0.03% $22.48 $26.51 $55,150 10.2%
43-6014 Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive detail 1,730 8.3% 0.33% $17.79 $17.54 $36,480 2.2%
43-9000 Other Office and Administrative Support Workers minor 7,990 4.1% 1.52% $15.72 $17.11 $35,590 1.2%
43-9011 Computer Operators detail 80 25.2% 0.01% $21.34 $20.82 $43,310 2.1%
43-9020 Data Entry and Information Processing Workers broad 420 44.2% 0.08% $12.43 $13.32 $27,700 5.5%
43-9021 Data Entry Keyers detail 420 44.6% 0.08% $12.40 $13.29 $27,630 5.6%
43-9051 Mail Clerks and Mail Machine Operators, Except Postal Service detail 420 29.7% 0.08% $10.85 $11.61 $24,140 5.0%
43-9061 Office Clerks, General detail 6,350 3.4% 1.21% $16.08 $17.42 $36,220 1.2%
43-9199 Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other detail 680 10.0% 0.13% $19.67 $19.73 $41,030 2.6%
49-0000 Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations major 13,890 4.8% 2.64% $32.20 $31.12 $64,730 1.2%
49-1011 First-Line Supervisors of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers detail 1,260 9.1% 0.24% $33.80 $34.19 $71,110 1.7%
49-3000 Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers minor 11,360 5.2% 2.16% $32.61 $31.51 $65,550 1.4%
49-3011 Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians detail 4,720 9.9% 0.90% $38.62 $35.91 $74,700 1.9%
49-3020 Automotive Technicians and Repairers broad 1,520 4.4% 0.29% $29.98 $27.85 $57,930 1.3%
49-3023 Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics detail 1,440 4.2% 0.27% $30.08 $27.82 $57,870 1.4%
49-3031 Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists detail 5,120 6.5% 0.97% $30.90 $28.57 $59,420 1.3%
49-9000 Other Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations minor (8) (8) (8) $25.49 $24.62 $51,210 1.7%
49-9071 Maintenance and Repair Workers, General detail 970 4.9% 0.18% $24.38 $23.71 $49,320 2.3%
51-9000 Other Production Occupations minor (8) (8) (8) $24.97 $23.03 $47,900 11.6%
53-0000 Transportation and Material Moving Occupations major 368,280 1.6% 69.98% $19.07 $21.32 $44,350 1.0%
53-1000 Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers minor 31,670 2.2% 6.02% $24.15 $24.93 $51,860 0.6%
53-1011 Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors detail 2,240 18.1% 0.43% $24.81 $25.03 $52,070 3.5%
53-1021 First-Line Supervisors of Helpers, Laborers, and Material Movers, Hand detail 18,890 2.5% 3.59% $21.81 $22.91 $47,640 1.0%
53-1031 First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material-Moving Machine and Vehicle Operators detail 10,540 1.7% 2.00% $29.52 $28.54 $59,360 0.6%
53-2000 Air Transportation Workers minor 3,800 7.8% 0.72% (8) (8) (8) (8)
53-2012 Commercial Pilots detail 240 42.2% 0.05% (4) (4) $67,300 10.2%
53-3000 Motor Vehicle Operators minor 194,190 1.3% 36.90% $27.09 $25.09 $52,190 0.5%
53-3030 Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers broad 194,130 1.3% 36.89% $27.10 $25.09 $52,190 0.5%
53-3031 Driver/Sales Workers detail 1,300 15.6% 0.25% $9.51 $12.24 $25,460 6.0%
53-3032 Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers detail 29,050 4.1% 5.52% $30.24 $27.47 $57,140 0.8%
53-3033 Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers detail 163,780 1.2% 31.12% $26.51 $24.77 $51,530 0.5%
53-3041 Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs detail (8) (8) (8) $13.34 $12.80 $26,630 7.1%
53-6000 Other Transportation Workers minor 220 11.4% 0.04% (8) (8) (8) (8)
53-6051 Transportation Inspectors detail 60 42.0% 0.01% $42.75 $40.37 $83,970 4.2%
53-6099 Transportation Workers, All Other detail 170 5.7% 0.03% $20.26 $19.93 $41,450 3.3%
53-7000 Material Moving Workers minor 138,400 2.3% 26.30% $13.10 $14.01 $29,140 0.4%
53-7011 Conveyor Operators and Tenders detail 8,550 2.5% 1.63% $14.30 $14.86 $30,900 1.5%
53-7051 Industrial Truck and Tractor Operators detail (8) (8) (8) $16.86 $17.24 $35,850 1.5%
53-7060 Laborers and Material Movers, Hand broad 126,260 2.5% 23.99% $12.90 $13.85 $28,800 0.4%
53-7062 Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand detail 122,210 2.5% 23.22% $12.89 $13.74 $28,580 0.4%
53-7064 Packers and Packagers, Hand detail (8) (8) (8) $10.07 $10.76 $22,390 2.3%

About May 2012 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) Estimate not released.




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