How Much Do Couriers and Messengers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Couriers and Messengers

Couriers and Messengers pick up and deliver messages, documents, packages, and other items between offices or departments within an establishment or directly to other business concerns, traveling by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, or public conveyance.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$33010 per year
Hourly wage
$16 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$21,840 to $26,110 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$11 to $13 per hour

Entry-level Couriers and Messengers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $21,840 to $26,110 per year or $11 to $13 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Couriers and Messengers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $23 $48,340
Senior (Top 25%) $18 $38,020
Middle (Mid 50%) $15 $30,980
Junior (Bottom 25%) $13 $26,110
No experience (Bottom 10%) $11 $21,840

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
CT $21 $44,490
WA $19 $39,030
MN $19 $38,790
CA $19 $38,640
MA $18 $37,140
NY $18 $36,730
OR $18 $36,620
AK $18 $36,400
MD $17 $35,950
CO $17 $35,880

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Courier and Messenger is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like CT doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at CT might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Couriers and Messengers are in the states of CT, WA, MN, CA and MA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Postal Service (Federal Government) $62300 $29.95
Local Government $41910 $20.15
Death Care Services $41440 $19.92
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors $38880 $18.69
Outpatient Care Centers $37660 $18.10
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $37000 $17.79
Rental and Leasing Services $36620 $17.61
Scientific Research and Development Services $36610 $17.60
Radio and Television Broadcasting $36490 $17.54
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $36470 $17.53
Nonresidential Building Construction $35820 $17.22
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services $35790 $17.20
State Government $35780 $17.20
Nondepository Credit Intermediation $35680 $17.15
Motion Picture and Video Industries $35680 $17.15
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities $35580 $17.11
Other Support Services $35500 $17.07
Warehousing and Storage $35130 $16.89
Elementary and Secondary Schools $35050 $16.85
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction $35010 $16.83
Restaurants and Other Eating Places $34910 $16.78
Local Messengers and Local Delivery $34910 $16.78
Business Support Services $34880 $16.77
Specialty Hospitals $34700 $16.68
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $34520 $16.60
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $34320 $16.50
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $34040 $16.37
Truck Transportation $33990 $16.34
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $33850 $16.27
Junior Colleges $33630 $16.17

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