Couriers & messengers

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Workforce
3.22M
2019 BLS Estimate
Average Employee Age
38.7
Estimated Job Growth
7.03%
10-Year Projection
Average Salary
$43,355
Average Male Salary
$46,663
Average Female Salary
$46,677

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The top three occupations in the Couriers & messengers Industry Group are Couriers & messengers, Driver/sales workers & truck drivers, Laborers & freight, stock, & material movers, hand, Packers & packagers, hand, and Other managers. On average, full-time employees in the Couriers & messengers Industry Group work 44.4 hours per week and have an average annual salary of $54,878. Part-time employees in the same industry work 22.8 hours and earn an average annual salary of $18,830.

The locations with the highest concentration of employees in the Couriers & messengers Industry Group are Collierville Town & Germantown City PUMA, TN, Louisville/Jefferson County (South Central) PUMA, KY, and Memphis City (Southwest) PUMA, TN. The industry that purchases the most products or services from the Hospitals Industry Group is Couriers & messengers.

Workforce

A snapshot of jobs, wages, and opportunities in the Couriers & messengers Industry Group. Couriers & messengers are the most common position, but the Couriers & messengers Industry Group employs a relatively high number of Couriers & messengers, compared to other industries. 

The highest average salary in Couriers & messengers goes to Aircraft pilots & flight engineers.

Monthly Employment

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Y-Axis
15.8%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 586k people employed in the Couriers and Messengers industry. This represents a 15.8% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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Occupations

Occupations by Share

3.22M
Workforce (BLS Estimate)
ACS Estimate: 921k
13.7%
1 Year Growth
± 3.28%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 3.22M people employed in the Couriers & messengers Industry Group in 2019.

According to ACS estimates, the number of people employed in the Couriers & messengers Industry Group has been growing at a rate of 13.7%, , from 810k people in 2018 to 921k people in 2019.

The following graphic shows the share of employment in Couriers & messengers by various occupations according to ACS estimates. Couriers & messengers represent the largest share of positions held in Couriers & messengers at 25%, followed by Driver/sales workers & truck drivers with 23.2% and Laborers & freight, stock, & material movers, hand with 16.2%.

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Most Common

The most common occupations in the Couriers & messengers Industry Group, by number of employees, are Couriers & messengers, Driver/sales workers & truck drivers, Laborers & freight, stock, & material movers, hand, Packers & packagers, hand, and Other managers.

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Most Specialized

Compared to other Industry Groups, Couriers & messengers employs an unusually high number of Couriers & messengers, Supervisors of transportation & material moving workers, and Packers & packagers, hand.

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Wages

Average Salary

$43,355
AVERAGE WAGE
± $1,216

On average, employees in the Couriers & messengers Industry Group make $43,355 per year. This number makes Couriers & messengers the 195 highest paying Industry Group in the United States out of a total of 269 Industry Groups.

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Wage by Location

HIGHEST PAYING PUBLIC USE MICRODATA AREA

This map shows which public use microdata areas (PUMAs) pay the highest average salary to employees in the Couriers & messengers Industry Group.

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Wage Distribution

0.454
WAGE GINI

Couriers & messengers has a wage GINI of 0.454, which is less than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Couriers & messengers (shown in red) in comparison to the national average for those wage buckets (shown in gray).

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Opportunities

Spatial Concentration

This map shows the PUMAs in the United States that have revealed comparative advantage in the Couriers & messengers Industry Group.

These are locations that employ more people in the Couriers & messengers Industry Group than expected given both the size of that location's overall labor pool and the national size of the Couriers & messengers Industry Group.

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Diversity

Demographic information on the Couriers & messengers Industry Group in the US. Male employees tend to earn less than Female employees, with average respective salaries of $46,663 and $46,677. So too tend to earn more than other races and ethnicities in this industry.

Gender Composition

223k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
±11.6k
698k
MALE WORKFORCE
±20.5k

75.8% of workers in the Couriers & messengers Industry Group are Male, making them the more common gender in the workforce. This chart shows the gender breakdown of the Couriers & messengers Industry Group.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$46,663
AVERAGE MALE SALARY
±$1,487
$46,677
AVERAGE FEMALE SALARY
±$1,492

On average, Male workers in the Couriers & messengers Industry Group make 1 times less than their Female counterparts. This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in the Couriers & messengers Industry Group.

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Wage by Race & Ethnicity in Common Jobs

RACE OR ETHNICITY WITH THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALARY
  1. Asian
  2. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races
  3. White

On average, Asian employees in the Couriers & messengers Industry Group earn 1.11 times more than other races and ethnicities. This chart shows the race and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in the Couriers & messengers Industry Group.

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Input/Output

Estimates of the sources of the costs and the purchasers of the products in the Couriers & messengers Industry Group. Based on estimates from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, this section indicates the amount of money spent by a specific industry in other industries. Transportation and warehousing has the highest single input, by dollars, to the Couriers & messengers Industry Group, and the largest industry purchasing services from the Couriers & messengers Industry Group is Manufacturing.

In this visualization, click on a category to expand or collapse it. All of the industries listed to the left are those places from which the highlighted industry has made purchases. They are the intermediate inputs to the highlighted industry. All those industries listed on the right side are those industries that have made purchases from the highlighted industry. They are the use of outputs of the highlighted industry. The visualizations below offer alternative ways to see and understand this data.

Industrial Flow

The closest comparable data for Couriers & messengers is from Transportation & Warehousing, and Utilities.
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Intermediate Inputs

The closest comparable data for Couriers & messengers is from Transportation & Warehousing, and Utilities.

The Couriers & messengers Industry Group gets the most input, by its share of the cost of all intermediate inputs, from the Transportation and warehousing Industry. This visualization does not include labor and capital costs.

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Use of Output by Other Industries

The closest comparable data for Couriers & messengers is from Transportation & Warehousing, and Utilities.

The Manufacturing Industry purchases the greatest share of products and services from the Couriers & messengers Industry Group in order to produce other goods and services. Purchases of the Couriers & messengers Industry Group for final consumption by consumers, businesses, or government are not included here.

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Projections

Growth projections of the Couriers and messengers industry, both by number of employees and output, from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The national workforce is projected to grow 7.66% in the next ten years. The Couriers and messengers industry has a lower projected workforce growth at 7.03%. Its projected 10-year growth in output (17.4%) is lower than the projected national growth in output (24.2%).

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Couriers and messengers.
7.03%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
7.66%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Couriers and messengers. This industry is expected to grow less than than 7.66%, the average rate of national job growth.

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Output Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Couriers and messengers.
17.4%
Estimate Growth
10-year Projection

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