Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors (NOC 1513)

About this job

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Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors:

  • pick up and deliver letters, parcels, packages, newspapers, flyers and other items within and between establishments
  • are employed by courier service companies and other establishments throughout the private and public sectors.
Common job titles
  • bank messenger / runner
  • copy runner, courier service
  • courier
  • distributor, bill / flyer / sample
  • handbill passer - courier service
  • messenger-clerk
  • bank messenger / runner
  • copy runner, courier service
  • courier
  • courier, mail
  • delivery person - parcels / packages
  • delivery person, advertising / newspaper

Earnings

Annual provincial median salary

$26,591

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage data

Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2016 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))

Provincial hourly rate

  • High
  • Median
  • Low

Source: 2016 Job Bank Wage Report

Duties

Couriers, messengers and door-to-door distributors:

  • pick up messages, letters, envelopes, parcels, airline tickets, legal documents, packages, bonds, cheques, securities and other items from customers, and hand-deliver them to addresses within an organization or in other organizations by walking or cycling within specified time periods
  • collect payment for items delivered
  • keep record of items received and delivered using delivery information devices
  • deliver newspapers, flyers, handbills, telephone directories and similar items to residences and businesses

Work environment

  • An outdoor work environment with exposure to varied weather conditions.
  • An interior space such as a vehicle.

Job requirements

Education, training & qualifications

  • secondary school education may be required
  • eligibility for bonding may be required
  • ability to navigate streets and follow directions is usually required
  • physical fitness is required for some occupations in this group

Skills

  • Manual Dexterity
  • Motor Coordination
  • Spatial Perception
  • Social
  • Verbal & Written Comprehension
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Education programs in B.C.

The following program areas are related to this occupation:
  • Academic/Basic Upgrading

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Select a region to view regional outlook
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
Cariboo
Employment in 2016:
130
Average annual employment growth:
0.5%
Expected number of job openings:
40
Kootenay
Employment in 2016:
80
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Mainland / Southwest
Employment in 2016:
2,790
Average annual employment growth:
1.0%
Expected number of job openings:
1,050
North Coast & Nechako
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Northeast
Employment in 2016:
0
Average annual employment growth:
N/A
Expected number of job openings:
N/A
Thompson-Okanagan
Employment in 2016:
600
Average annual employment growth:
1.8%
Expected number of job openings:
290
Vancouver Island / Coast
Employment in 2016:
920
Average annual employment growth:
0.8%
Expected number of job openings:
300

N/A - Data not available

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is some mobility into other delivery occupations such as delivery drivers. Progression to supervisory positions may be possible with experience. There may also be mobility to clerical occupations within the company.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.