Couriers and Messengers

AUTOMATION RISK
CALCULATED
95%
risk level
POLLING
68%
Based on 59 votes
LABOR DEMAND
GROWTH
-0.3 %
by year 2032
WAGES
$35,280
or $16.96 per hour
Volume
75,800
as of 2022
SUMMARY
JOB SCORE
1.9/10

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Automation risk

95% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

User poll

68% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 95% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Couriers and Messengers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?






Growth

Slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Couriers and Messengers' job openings is expected to decline 0.3% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.

Wages

Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Couriers and Messengers' was $35,280, or $16 per hour

'Couriers and Messengers' were paid 23.8% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Volume

Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 75,800 people employed as 'Couriers and Messengers' within the United States.

This represents around 0.05% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as 'Couriers and Messengers'.

Job description

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.

SOC Code: 43-5021.00

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