The 10 Best States For Couriers In 2019

Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Tennessee
  2. Michigan
  3. Kansas
  4. Washington
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Colorado
  7. Georgia
  8. Arizona
  9. Kentucky
  10. Florida

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 you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined the best states to be a courier

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:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Higher Pay

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 2018:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

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 $34,620 and the average salary in Illinois is $29,280, 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.

1. Tennessee

Best States For Couriers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,670
Average Annual Salary: $33,450
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,190
Average Experienced Salary: $57,040
Location Quotient: 1.08

2. Michigan

Best States For Couriers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,240
Average Annual Salary: $28,110
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,990
Average Experienced Salary: $37,550
Location Quotient: 0.99

3. Kansas

Best States For Couriers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 660
Average Annual Salary: $29,620
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,890
Average Experienced Salary: $40,290
Location Quotient: 0.92

4. Washington

Best States For Couriers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,180
Average Annual Salary: $35,720
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,590
Average Experienced Salary: $45,780
Location Quotient: 0.69

5. Oklahoma

Best States For Couriers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 840
Average Annual Salary: $29,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,320
Average Experienced Salary: $41,150
Location Quotient: 1.0

6. Colorado

Best States For Couriers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,110
Average Annual Salary: $32,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,800
Average Experienced Salary: $45,950
Location Quotient: 0.81

7. Georgia

Best States For Couriers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,310
Average Annual Salary: $28,270
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,250
Average Experienced Salary: $38,320
Location Quotient: 1.0

8. Arizona

Best States For Couriers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,370
Average Annual Salary: $30,440
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,860
Average Experienced Salary: $40,230
Location Quotient: 0.94

9. Kentucky

Best States For Couriers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 930
Average Annual Salary: $28,300
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,360
Average Experienced Salary: $38,760
Location Quotient: 0.94

10. Florida

Best States For Couriers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,410
Average Annual Salary: $30,320
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,660
Average Experienced Salary: $44,800
Location Quotient: 0.98

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Courier

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:

  1. South Dakota
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Hawaii

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For couriers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Tennessee $33,450 $19,190 1,670
2 Michigan $28,110 $20,990 2,240
3 Kansas $29,620 $19,890 660
4 Washington $35,720 $26,590 1,180
5 Oklahoma $29,290 $18,320 840
6 Colorado $32,470 $22,800 1,110
7 Georgia $28,270 $20,250 2,310
8 Arizona $30,440 $21,860 1,370
9 Kentucky $28,300 $19,360 930
10 Florida $30,320 $19,660 4,410
11 Virginia $32,490 $20,740 1,310
12 Nebraska $27,050 $20,490 380
13 Missouri $29,120 $19,470 660
14 Oregon $34,160 $23,750 1,040
15 Delaware $30,420 $21,910 290
16 Ohio $28,750 $20,210 1,890
17 Iowa $27,730 $19,960 560
18 Texas $27,390 $18,140 6,220
19 Rhode Island $35,010 $24,230 330
20 Mississippi $26,260 $19,690 460
21 Indiana $27,780 $18,420 850
22 Utah $28,760 $20,580 450
23 Illinois $29,280 $19,370 2,060
24 North Carolina $28,460 $20,940 1,460
25 Minnesota $30,530 $20,790 750
26 Alabama $25,540 $17,030 1,180
27 North Dakota $28,680 $22,280 160
28 New Mexico $27,710 $18,700 440
29 Pennsylvania $29,270 $20,740 2,830
30 Louisiana $24,970 $17,020 1,930
31 West Virginia $25,990 $19,390 250
32 Arkansas $24,990 $19,310 420
33 New York $33,620 $21,650 9,630
34 Alaska $32,840 $26,010 400
35 Wisconsin $24,900 $16,980 2,630
36 Nevada $27,080 $17,080 1,050
37 Vermont $31,840 $23,100 160
38 New Jersey $33,620 $20,090 1,580
39 South Carolina $25,380 $18,210 1,460
40 Idaho $24,770 $17,640 330
41 California $34,620 $23,740 10,780
42 Massachusetts $32,750 $24,110 2,520
43 Maine $29,920 $21,180 80
44 Connecticut $34,410 $23,980 540
45 Montana $26,870 $18,970 130
46 Maryland $34,090 $23,300 750
47 Hawaii $30,680 $22,490 310
48 New Hampshire $27,480 $18,060 220
49 South Dakota $25,380 $19,770 90
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