MESSENGERS/COURIERS pick up and deliver letters, important business documents, or packages, which need to be sent or received in a hurry within a local area. Messengers also deliver items, such as legal and financial documents, which the sender is unwilling to entrust to other means of delivery. Some messengers pick up and deliver important packages, such as medical samples to be tested. Messengers may drive vans, cars or ride motorcycles. A few travel by foot, especially in urban areas or when making deliveries nearby. In congested urban areas, messengers often use bicycles to make deliveries.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $26,500 average per year ($12.75 per hour)
- A medium occupation (85,600 workers in 2010)
- Expected to not change (0.0% per year)
Some employers prefer to hire MESSENGERS/COURIERS who are high school graduates. Messengers who drive cars, vans, or motorcycles need a driver's license.