The 10 States With The Highest Delivery Driver Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month 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. North Dakota
  3. Illinois
  4. Kansas
  5. Texas
  6. Tennessee
  7. Michigan
  8. Georgia
  9. Minnesota
  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 2018 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 $40110, so our index value would be:

$40,110 * (100 / 135.9) = $29,514

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 $42,592 $39,100 91.8
2 North Dakota $42,152 $41,900 99.4
3 Illinois $42,040 $39,770 94.6
4 Kansas $41,646 $37,440 89.9
5 Texas $41,444 $37,590 90.7
6 Tennessee $40,984 $36,640 89.4
7 Michigan $40,707 $36,230 89.0
8 Georgia $40,153 $36,700 91.4
9 Minnesota $40,119 $40,440 100.8
10 Arizona $39,948 $39,150 98.0
11 Kentucky $39,767 $35,990 90.5
12 Washington $39,125 $41,160 105.2
13 Nebraska $39,039 $35,760 91.6
14 Missouri $38,794 $35,070 90.4
15 Utah $38,505 $35,810 93.0
16 Oklahoma $38,419 $34,270 89.2
17 Indiana $37,910 $33,930 89.5
18 Idaho $37,600 $34,630 92.1
19 Colorado $37,543 $38,970 103.8
20 Mississippi $37,217 $31,970 85.9
21 Arkansas $36,991 $32,220 87.1
22 Nevada $36,873 $38,090 103.3
23 Iowa $36,428 $33,150 91.0
24 New Mexico $36,404 $35,130 96.5
25 Ohio $36,204 $33,960 93.8
26 North Carolina $36,048 $33,850 93.9
27 Florida $35,981 $35,370 98.3
28 Virginia $35,248 $35,530 100.8
29 Delaware $35,216 $35,710 101.4
30 Wisconsin $34,814 $33,700 96.8
31 Louisiana $34,736 $32,930 94.8
32 West Virginia $34,668 $32,380 93.4
33 Montana $34,652 $34,930 100.8
34 Alaska $34,134 $44,750 131.1
35 Alabama $33,892 $30,910 91.2
36 Pennsylvania $33,639 $34,110 101.4
37 South Dakota $32,786 $34,000 103.7
38 South Carolina $32,661 $32,400 99.2
39 Oregon $32,638 $37,730 115.6
40 New Jersey $31,353 $38,220 121.9
41 Maryland $31,243 $39,210 125.5
42 Massachusetts $30,704 $40,960 133.4
43 Maine $30,550 $33,850 110.8
44 Vermont $30,454 $36,880 121.1
45 New Hampshire $30,094 $35,210 117.0
46 Rhode Island $29,966 $36,170 120.7
47 Connecticut $29,749 $37,990 127.7
48 California $29,514 $40,110 135.9
49 New York $29,129 $38,160 131.0
50 Hawaii $22,400 $37,610 167.9
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