These Are The 10 States With The Highest Delivery Driver Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 10 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do delivery drivers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for delivery drivers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for delivery drivers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for delivery drivers after this adjustment? That would be Light Truck Or Delivery Services Drivers.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Wyoming
  2. Michigan
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Missouri
  5. Tennessee
  6. North Dakota
  7. Kansas
  8. Kentucky
  9. Georgia
  10. Arizona

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for delivery drivers from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $37880, so our index value would be:

$37,880 * (100 / 135.9) = $27,873

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for delivery drivers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Delivery Driver Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Wyoming $40,239 $36,940 91.8
2 Michigan $39,449 $35,110 89.0
3 Oklahoma $39,372 $35,120 89.2
4 Missouri $38,772 $35,050 90.4
5 Tennessee $38,534 $34,450 89.4
6 North Dakota $38,128 $37,900 99.4
7 Kansas $38,008 $34,170 89.9
8 Kentucky $37,977 $34,370 90.5
9 Georgia $37,975 $34,710 91.4
10 Arizona $37,826 $37,070 98.0
11 Washington $37,271 $39,210 105.2
12 Mississippi $37,124 $31,890 85.9
13 Minnesota $37,053 $37,350 100.8
14 Illinois $36,902 $34,910 94.6
15 Nebraska $36,899 $33,800 91.6
16 Indiana $36,882 $33,010 89.5
17 Iowa $36,230 $32,970 91.0
18 Colorado $35,876 $37,240 103.8
19 Ohio $35,703 $33,490 93.8
20 Idaho $35,624 $32,810 92.1
21 Texas $35,468 $32,170 90.7
22 Utah $35,419 $32,940 93.0
23 Arkansas $34,902 $30,400 87.1
24 Nevada $34,520 $35,660 103.3
25 New Mexico $34,248 $33,050 96.5
26 Florida $34,140 $33,560 98.3
27 North Carolina $33,801 $31,740 93.9
28 Louisiana $33,713 $31,960 94.8
29 Delaware $33,441 $33,910 101.4
30 West Virginia $33,436 $31,230 93.4
31 Wisconsin $32,995 $31,940 96.8
32 Alaska $32,852 $43,070 131.1
33 Virginia $32,767 $33,030 100.8
34 Pennsylvania $32,741 $33,200 101.4
35 Montana $32,678 $32,940 100.8
36 Alabama $32,456 $29,600 91.2
37 South Carolina $31,411 $31,160 99.2
38 Oregon $31,098 $35,950 115.6
39 New Jersey $30,434 $37,100 121.9
40 South Dakota $30,308 $31,430 103.7
41 Maryland $29,928 $37,560 125.5
42 Vermont $29,421 $35,630 121.1
43 Rhode Island $29,420 $35,510 120.7
44 Connecticut $29,091 $37,150 127.7
45 Maine $28,546 $31,630 110.8
46 New York $28,106 $36,820 131.0
47 Massachusetts $27,976 $37,320 133.4
48 California $27,873 $37,880 135.9
49 New Hampshire $27,059 $31,660 117.0
50 Hawaii $20,958 $35,190 167.9