Despite the advent of the digital age, old-fashioned, hand-delivered newspapers remain a popular way for many people to stay informed about current events and important happenings on both a local and national level. As a result, both newspaper carriers and drivers remain in demand to ensure delivery of the papers to subscribers. The salary of a paper carrier will depend on the scope of the job, where the job is located and whether or not commission income is an option.
The job of a newspaper carrier has not changed much since the invention of newspapers. Carriers deliver papers to residences and businesses, often in the wee hours of the morning, either on foot, bicycle or by car. Carriers may also be responsible for keeping track of subscriptions and payments each month. A paper carrier generally only works three to four hours a day but may earn from $700 to over $1,000 a month, according to a job posting by the "Las Vegas Review-Journal."
In smaller markets, the carrier may also be required to pick up the papers prior to delivery; however, in larger markets, separate delivery drivers are needed to ensure that the papers are dropped off in time for the carriers to make their deliveries. A delivery driver may need to have a valid commercial driver's license, which equates to a significantly higher salary in most cases. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, drivers who deliver goods or merchandise along a regular route, including newspaper delivery drivers, earn an average salary of $22,540 a year, as of 2010.
Where you work as a paper carrier can play an important role in your salary. Larger cities tend to have newspapers that are published on a daily basis while smaller towns may only publish a newspaper once or twice a week. The larger the circulation and the more often the paper is published equates to a higher salary for a carrier or driver.
Some carrier jobs also include the opportunity to make additional money by selling subscriptions to the newspaper. As a rule, you are paid additional money, often on a commission basis, for each subscription you sell. Additional sales income can greatly increase your salary.