Couriers are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as couriers in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since couriers are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where couriers have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for couriers.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s couriers:
So there you have it — Couriers And Messengers is the best of the best when it comes to being a courier.
How did Couriers And Messengers end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for couriers and for more on the top ten states.
If youÂre interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best states for couriers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well couriers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for couriers in California is $33,790 and the average salary in Illinois is $31,050, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for couriers in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for couriers.
Total Jobs: 2,070
Average Annual Salary: $30,600
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,560
Average Experienced Salary: $42,870
Location Quotient: 1.35
Total Jobs: 720
Average Annual Salary: $28,400
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,490
Average Experienced Salary: $38,810
Location Quotient: 0.86
Total Jobs: 2,490
Average Annual Salary: $31,050
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,350
Average Experienced Salary: $48,090
Location Quotient: 0.8
Total Jobs: 880
Average Annual Salary: $25,990
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,190
Average Experienced Salary: $38,750
Location Quotient: 1.73
Total Jobs: 6,120
Average Annual Salary: $28,840
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,170
Average Experienced Salary: $40,170
Location Quotient: 0.99
Total Jobs: 90
Average Annual Salary: $29,450
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,680
Average Experienced Salary: $38,930
Location Quotient: 0.63
Total Jobs: 950
Average Annual Salary: $27,660
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,000
Average Experienced Salary: $41,340
Location Quotient: 0.6
Total Jobs: 4,050
Average Annual Salary: $29,540
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,370
Average Experienced Salary: $41,020
Location Quotient: 0.93
Total Jobs: 2,150
Average Annual Salary: $26,350
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,190
Average Experienced Salary: $36,370
Location Quotient: 0.96
Total Jobs: 930
Average Annual Salary: $27,980
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,090
Average Experienced Salary: $38,310
Location Quotient: 0.64
If you’re looking to start out your career as a courier these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a courier in America:
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