How Much Do Delivery Drivers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Delivery Drivers

Delivery Drivers drive a light vehicle, such as a truck or van, with a capacity of less than 26,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), primarily to pick up merchandise or packages from a distribution center and deliver. May load and unload vehicle.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$41050 per year
Hourly wage
$20 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$22,470 to $27,580 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$11 to $13 per hour

Entry-level Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $22,470 to $27,580 per year or $11 to $13 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $34 $70,080
Senior (Top 25%) $24 $50,850
Middle (Mid 50%) $18 $37,050
Junior (Bottom 25%) $13 $27,580
No experience (Bottom 10%) $11 $22,470

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
AK $24 $50,450
IL $23 $47,330
CA $22 $45,960
WA $22 $45,950
MA $22 $44,820
MD $21 $44,520
ND $21 $44,190
RI $21 $43,630
DC $21 $42,810
MN $21 $42,810

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Light Truck or Delivery Services Driver is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like AK doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at AK might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Delivery Drivers are in the states of AK, IL, CA, WA and MA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Motion Picture and Video Industries $67350 $32.38
Natural Gas Distribution $66760 $32.10
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $60500 $29.09
Postal Service (Federal Government) $57160 $27.48
Couriers and Express Delivery Services $56520 $27.17
Telecommunications $53790 $25.86
Support Activities for Water Transportation $50780 $24.42
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel $48980 $23.55
Warehousing and Storage $48840 $23.48
Insurance Carriers $48530 $23.33
Spectator Sports $46800 $22.50
Scientific Research and Development Services $46630 $22.42
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $45240 $21.75
Truck Transportation $44180 $21.24
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills $44060 $21.18
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $43970 $21.14
Nonscheduled Air Transportation $43860 $21.09
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $43700 $21.01
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing $43670 $21.00
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $43390 $20.86
Support Activities for Mining $43220 $20.78
Dairy Product Manufacturing $42900 $20.63
Machinery Manufacturing $42590 $20.48
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $42370 $20.37
Utility System Construction $42230 $20.30
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing $42030 $20.21
Seafood Product Preparation and Packaging $41880 $20.14
Local Messengers and Local Delivery $41840 $20.11
Educational Support Services $41690 $20.04
Chemical Manufacturing $41630 $20.01

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