Average Hourly Wage for an Errand Runner

by Denise Brandenberg; Updated September 26, 2017
Some errand runners do grocery shopping for their clients.

Some people are so busy in their daily lives that they don’t have time to get everything done. They hire different types of people to assist them with daily tasks, such as errand runners. If you are considering hiring an errand runner to help you out, or you are thinking about becoming an errand runner yourself, be aware of the average hourly rate you will typically pay or earn.

Average Errand Runner Salary

As of June 2011, the national average salary was $21,000 a year for errand runners, according to Indeed. This average was based on years of experience, work location and type of errand services. Many errand runners do not work traditional 40-hour work weeks. The average hourly wage for errand runners is between $10 and $15 an hour, according to Indeed. Simply Hired reports that the average annual salary for these helpers is $14,000 per year, as of June 2011.

Locations and Pay

Errand runners who work in certain parts of the U.S. can make more or less than their counterparts in other areas of the nation. They can work for private individuals or companies. For example, a Houston job posting on Care.com for an errand runner that also works as a nanny featured an hourly wage between $10 and $20 in June 2011. The same type of position, including driving, homework helping and errand running, in New Jersey offered an hourly wage between $18 and $20, according to Sittercity.

Types of Errand-Runner Duties

Errand runners have many types of duties, and each job is different. Overall, the basic role of the errand runner is to assist clients with their work/life balance by taking time-consuming tasks off their to-do lists. Some common responsibilities include grocery shopping, holiday shopping, car maintenance (car washes and oil changes), courier services, prescription drop-off and pick up, and dry cleaning drop-off and pick-up. Many errand runners offer other services as well, such as housecleaning, pet sitting, babysitting and homework assistance.

Other Considerations

Errand runners that work for businesses or corporations are often required to have chauffeur licenses. Errand runners who work in large cities with efficient public transit systems can use subways and bus systems to do their jobs. Others must have their own bicycle, motorcycle or car to do the job. This means that many errand runners must pay for gas and vehicle insurance on their own.

About the Author

Denise Brandenberg has more than 15 years professional experience as a marketing copywriter, with a focus in public relations. She also worked as a recruiter for many years and is a certified resume writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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