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Couriers & Messengers (NAICS 492) Industry Market Research Report

Couriers & Messengers - Market Size and Forecast

The Couriers and Messengers report contains both historical and forecasted statistics. Total market size figures from 2015 to 2025 reveal industry growth patterns and trends. Market size measurements include both public and private companies in the industry.

Market Size (Total Revenue)

Included in Report

% Growth Rate
Number of Companies
Total Employees
Average Revenue per Company
Average Employees per Company
Source: U.S. government financial data.

Industry Revenue ($ Billions)

Couriers & Messengers Industry Revenue
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021

Advanced econometric models forecast five years of industry growth based on short- and long-term trend analysis. Market size includes revenue generated from all products and services sold within the industry.

Couriers & Messengers - Geographic Breakdown by U.S. State

Market size by state reveals local opportunity through the number of companies located in the region. Each state's growth rate is affected by regional economic conditions. Data by state can be used to pinpoint profitable and nonprofitable locations for Couriers & Messengers companies in the United States.

Couriers & Messengers Revenue by State

US Market Size by State

Distribution by Company Size

Company SizeAll IndustriesCouriers & Messengers
Small Business (< 5 Employees)


Small Business (5 - 20)
Midsized Business (20 - 100)
Large Business (100 - 500)
Enterprise (> 500)

Couriers & Messengers - Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial statement analysis determines averages for the following industry forces:
The report includes a traditional income statement from an "average" company (both public and private companies included).

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
Total Revenue


Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold (COGS)
Gross Profit
Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
Earnings Before Interest and Taxes (EBIT)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit

Average Income Statement

Average Income Statement

Cost of Goods Sold

Salaries, Wages, and Benefits



Depreciation and Amortization

Officer Compensation

Net Income

Couriers & Messengers - Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratios allow a company's performance to be compared against that of its peers.

Financial RatioIndustry Average
Profitability Ratios


Profit Margin
Liquidity Ratios
Current Ratio
Quick Ratio
Activity Ratios
Average Collection Period
Asset Turnover Ratio
Receivables Turnover Ratio
Inventory Conversion Ratio

Couriers & Messengers - Product Mix

Product DescriptionDescriptionRevenue
($ Millions)
Industry total


Transportation of documents and parcels
Domestic, scheduled mail transportation by air
International, scheduled mail transportation by air
Local trans and delivery of small purchased or serviced items
Domestic, scheduled freight transportation by air
International, scheduled freight transportation by air
Other products
Trans box & pallet gd, no clim-ctrl, except intrmd tnk cont, rd, ltl
Warehousing services

Couriers & Messengers - Compensation and Salary Surveys

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom QuartileAverage (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations1%


Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers1%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations11%
Material Recording, Scheduling, Dispatching, and Distributing Workers7%
Couriers and Messengers16%
Couriers and Messengers16%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations84%
Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers5%
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors5%
First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Material Moving Workers, Except Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisors5%
Motor Vehicle Operators35%
Driver/Sales Workers and Truck Drivers35%
Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers5%
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers30%
Material Moving Workers42%
Laborers and Material Movers, Hand8%
Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand8%

Government Contracts

In 2008, the federal government spent a total of $235,700,386 on the couriers & messengers industry. It has awarded 5,996 contracts to 235 companies, with an average value of $1,002,980 per company.

Couriers & Messengers and Adjacent Industries - Top Companies

($ Millions)


Couriers & Messengers Industry Report
GeographyUnited States  
Publication DateSeptember 2020
Report FormatPDF Download  

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