Couriers & messengers

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Total Workforce

218k

Average Age

43.2

Estimated Job Growth

11.5%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$32,819

Average Male Salary

$34,767

Average Female Salary

$25,061

About

Couriers & messengers are most often employed by the Couriers & messengers industry. The average yearly wage for Couriers & messengers was $32,819 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Couriers & messengers by wage are Painters & paperhangers, Miscellaneous assemblers & fabricators, and Word processors & typists.

Couriers & messengers are part of the Office & Administrative Support Occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of office & administrative support workers, Switchboard operators, including answering service, Telephone operators, Communications equipment operators, all other, Bill & account collectors, Billing & posting clerks, Bookkeeping, accounting, & auditing clerks, Gaming cage workers, Payroll & timekeeping clerks, Procurement clerks, Tellers, Other financial clerks, Brokerage clerks, Court, municipal, & license clerks, Credit authorizers, checkers, & clerks, Customer service representatives, Eligibility interviewers, government programs, File clerks, Hotel, motel, & resort desk clerks, Interviewers, except eligibility & loan, Library assistants, clerical, Loan interviewers & clerks, New accounts clerks, Human resources assistants, except payroll & timekeeping, Receptionists & information clerks, Reservation & transportation ticket agents & travel clerks, Information & record clerks, all other, Correspondence clerks & order clerks, Cargo & freight agents, Couriers & messengers, Dispatchers, Meter readers, utilities, Postal service clerks, Postal service mail carriers, Postal service mail sorters, processors, & processing machine operators, Production, planning, & expediting clerks, Shipping, receiving, & traffic clerks, Stock clerks & order fillers, Weighers, measurers, checkers, & samplers, recordkeeping, Secretaries & administrative assistants, Computer operators, Data entry keyers, Word processors & typists, Insurance claims & policy processing clerks, Mail clerks & mail machine operators, except postal service, Office clerks, general, Office machine operators, except computer, Proofreaders & copy markers, Statistical assistants, and Miscellaneous office & administrative support workers, including desktop publishers

The top 3 locations that employ the most Couriers & messengers are Jamaica, Hollis & St. Albans PUMA, NY, East New York & Starrett City PUMA, NY, and Yonkers City PUMA, NY. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Couriers & messengers are East New York & Starrett City PUMA, NY, Chattanooga City (South & Central) PUMA, TN, and South Shore, Hyde Park, Woodlawn, Grand Boulevard & Douglas PUMA, IL.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Couriers & messengers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Couriers & messengers is the industry that employs the most Couriers & messengers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Couriers & messengers, by average wage, is Civic, social, advocacy organizations, & grantmaking & giving services. Couriers & messengers are paid most in Sullivan & Ulster (West) Counties PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in East New York & Starrett City PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$32,819

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,464

In 2017, Couriers & messengers earned an average of $32,819, $19,246 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Miscellaneous assemblers & fabricators make somewhat more than Couriers & messengers while Painters & paperhangers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Couriers & messengers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.384

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Couriers & messengers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.384, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Couriers & messengers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Couriers & messengers.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Couriers & messengers

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Couriers & messengers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Couriers & messengers, by number of employees, are Couriers & messengers, Hospitals, and Other health care services.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Couriers & messengers, by average wage, are Civic, social, advocacy organizations, & grantmaking & giving services, Legal services, and Landscaping services.

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Industries by Share

218k

2017 Workforce

± 11,458

9.39%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 6.95%

The number of people employed as Couriers & messengers has been growing at a rate of 9.39%, from 199,398 people in 2016 to 218,112 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Couriers & messengers employed by various industries. Couriers & messengers employs the largest share of Couriers & messengers at  64.6%, followed by Hospitals with 3.59% and Other health care services with 2.7%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Couriers & messengers in the US. The average age of male Couriers & messengers in the workforce is 43.5 and of female Couriers & messengers is 42.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Couriers & messengers is White.

Gender Composition

174k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 10,245

43.8k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 5,136

79.9% of Couriers & messengers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Couriers & messengers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Couriers & messengers

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

68.2% of Couriers & messengers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 18.7% of Couriers & messengers, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Couriers & messengers.

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Age by Gender

43.5

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.931

42.4

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.78

The median age of Couriers & messengers is 43.2, and Male employees are generally 1.05 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Couriers & messengers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Couriers & messengers is Business but a relatively high number of Couriers & messengers hold a major in Parks, Recreation, & Leisure.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Couriers & messengers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Couriers & messengers need many skills, but most especially Active Listening, Time Management, and Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Couriers & messengers need more than the average amount of Operation and Control, Service Orientation, and Time Management.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Couriers & messengers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Couriers & messengers are expected to see a growth of 11.5% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

11.5%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Couriers & messengers. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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