Salary for Couriers and Messengers

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Also known as:  Bank Courier, Bicycle Messenger, Courier, Court Messenger, Laboratory Courier, Office Messenger, Office Runner helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Couriers and Messengers transport documents and packages for businesses as well as individuals. Many different people could require the services of Couriers and Messengers. Deliveries are made by automobile, public transportation and by foot. Most Couriers and Messengers work evening and weekend hours. There are no educational requirements needed to become a Courier, though most prefer that at least a high school diploma is attained. Most companies provide on-the-job training. An expected 13% growth rate is expected in the number of positions available by 2020. This number is increased for those who deliver time-sensitive materials.

A Courier or Messenger will normally receive a salary between $21,840 - $48,340 based on seniority levels. can get an average pay level of thirty-three thousand and ten dollars yearly.

are paid at the highest average level in Connecticut, where they can get compensation, on average, of close to about $44,490. People with this job title are paid most highly in Utilities, where they can get compensation, on average, of $49,560.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 53.12 percent nationwide in that time.


Couriers and Messengers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
Educational Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Health Care and Social Assistance
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
Finance and Insurance
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation