Couriers & messengers

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Total Workforce
311k
Average Age
40.4
Average Salary
$35,985
Average Male Salary
$38,598
Average Female Salary
$25,696

About

Couriers & messengers are most often employed by the Couriers & messengers industry. The average yearly wage for Couriers & messengers was $35,985 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Couriers & messengers by wage are Industrial truck & tractor operators, Animal control workers, and Cabinetmakers & bench carpenters.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Couriers & messengers are Dayton & Riverside Cities PUMA, OH, Tampa City (Central) PUMA, FL, and Riverside City (East) PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Couriers & messengers are Portsmouth & Norfolk (Southwest) Cities PUMA, VA, Dayton & Riverside Cities PUMA, OH, and Tampa City (Central) PUMA, FL.

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 Business support services. Couriers & messengers are paid most in Portsmouth & Norfolk (Southwest) Cities PUMA, VA but are relatively concentrated in Portsmouth & Norfolk (Southwest) Cities PUMA, VA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$35,985
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,752

In 2019, Couriers & messengers earned an average of $35,985, $19,539 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Industrial truck & tractor operators make somewhat more than Couriers & messengers while Animal control workers 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

0.43
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Couriers & messengers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.43, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

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Spatial Concentration

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

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Industries by Share

311k
2019 Workforce
± 13,683
31.8%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 5.08%

The number of people employed as Couriers & messengers has been growing at a rate of 31.8%, from 236,088 people in 2018 to 311,236 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Couriers & messengers employed by various industries. Couriers & messengers employs the largest share of Couriers & messengers at  74%, followed by Other health care services with 2.54% and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals with 2.34%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Couriers & messengers in the US. The average age of male Couriers & messengers in the workforce is 40.3 and of female Couriers & messengers is 40.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Couriers & messengers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

248k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 12,221
63k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 6,163

79.7% 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 (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

53% of Couriers & messengers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 20.7% of Couriers & messengers, Black (Non-Hispanic) 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

40.3
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.746
40.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.39

The median age of Couriers & messengers is 40.4, and Male employees are generally 0.329 years younger 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 Liberal Arts & Humanities.

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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