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Economic Census: Industry Snapshots

Couriers and Messengers (NAICS 492)

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2012 Number of establishments


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Source: 2012 County Business Patterns CBP program Methodology
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The Industry Snapshots present key statistics from the Economic Census and per capita ratios using data from Population Estimates. Data from County Business Patterns may also be shown when information from the 2012 Economic Census are not yet available. See the Economic Census release schedule and the Snapshot FAQs for more information.

Data for 2007 and prior years are not shown when the information is not comparable due to NAICS changes. See the Definitions and Comparability tab in the Industry Statistics Portal for more information.

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Key Industry Statistics: United States



1997 2002 2007 2012 07-12
% Chg
Number of establishments 10,887 12,655 13,004 13,667 5.1%
Revenue ($ Millions) 39,812 58,165 77,877 71,081 -8.7%
Annual payroll ($ Millions) 14,072 17,175 20,431 21,138 3.5%
Total employment 530,839 561,514 557,195 534,234 -4.1%
Revenue per establishment ($1,000) 3,657 4,596 5,989 5,201 -13.2%
Revenue per employee ($1,000) 75 104 140 133 -4.8%
Revenue per $ of payroll 2.8 3.4 3.8 3.4 -11.8%
Payroll per employee ($) 26,508 30,588 36,667 39,567 7.9%
Employees per establishment 48.8 44.4 42.8 39.1 -8.8%
Revenue per capita ($) 149 202 248 236 -4.9%
Population per establishment 24,478 22,736 23,169 22,969 -.9%

* Data has not yet been released. Click here for the full 2012 Econ Census release schedule.
Revenue: United States
Millions of dollars
Revenue per Employee: United States
Thousands of dollars






Source: 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012 Economic Census and Population Estimates
Data in this Snapshot include only establishments with paid employees. See Industry Snapshot FAQs. All figures are in current dollars for the period shown, and do not reflect changes
in prices. For information on how these data are derived, see the Methodology text from the Economic Census and Population Estimates.
For more statistics about this industry, see the Industry Statistics Portal.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Economic Census | Last Revised: Feb 28, 2012