In today’s world, delivery drivers are in extremely high demand. In 2021, Texas-based company Sisu Energy offered drivers $14,000 per week due to the nationwide truck driver shortage. Many truck drivers had either left the industry or retired at the height of the pandemic as there wasn’t a lot of product to haul. Now, the need is back due to significant shortages and supply chain issues; even companies that once demanded experienced drivers are beginning to hire recent graduates.
Employers also have a diverse pool of drivers to choose from—whether that’s for delivering packages for a company, transporting food and goods, or even couriers, who might deliver blood samples to a lab for a doctor’s office. Still, delivery drivers are expected to meet certain requirements, like having a clean driving record and, in some cases, a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Other qualifications include familiarity with using navigation systems and being physically capable of loading and unloading cargo.
Delivery drivers don’t necessarily work a 9-to-5, but it’s typical for many to work 40 hours or more per week. For salaried drivers, wages have increased with improved benefits and it is estimated that salaries for drivers are expected to increase by 16% by 2026, which makes the job even more attractive.
Circuit used data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to rank the metropolitan areas with the most delivery drivers. This was determined by using the estimated number of delivery driver jobs per 1,000 total jobs. This also includes the statistics for the total estimated wages and employment of drivers in the metropolitan area. Data was taken from three specific occupations as categorized by the BLS: driver/sales workers, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, and light truck drivers. Estimated wages were calculated by summing up the total estimated pay for each occupation, multiplying the average wage of the occupation by the total employment of the occupation, then dividing by the total employment across all three categories.
Keep on reading to see which cities have the most delivery drivers per capita.