Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for delivery drivers in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 1,419,427 delivery drivers currently employed in the United States.
  • 16.7% of all delivery drivers are women, while 83.3% are men.
  • The average age of an employed delivery driver is 47 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of delivery drivers is White (60.0%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (19.0%), Black or African American (12.1%) and Unknown (4.6%).
  • Delivery drivers are most in-demand in Los Angeles, CA.
  • The manufacturing industry is the highest-paying for delivery drivers.
  • Boston, MA pays an annual average wage of $46,026, the highest in the US.
  • In 2021, women earned 89% of what men earned.
  • 4% of all delivery drivers are LGBT.
  • Illinois is the best state for delivery drivers to live.
  • Delivery drivers are 71% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies.

Delivery Driver Statistics By Gender

16.7% of delivery drivers are women and 83.3% of delivery drivers are men.

  • Male, 83.3%
  • Female, 16.7%

Delivery Drivers By Gender

GenderPercentages
Male83.3%
Female16.7%

Gender Pay Gap For Delivery Driver

Women Earn 89¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$37,788
female-income
Female Income
$33,705

Delivery Driver Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the delivery driver position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
2021

Delivery Driver Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201087.40%12.60%
201187.04%12.96%
201286.00%14.00%
201385.50%14.50%
201485.02%14.98%
201585.19%14.81%
201684.75%15.25%
201784.47%15.53%
201882.84%17.16%
201983.14%16.86%
202083.41%16.59%
202183.29%16.71%

Delivery Driver Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, diesel truck driver and tank wagon driver have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Bus Matron11%89%
Bus Escort18%82%
Bus Monitor19%81%
Delivery Driver83%17%
Wrecker Operator99%1%
Tank Wagon Driver99%1%
Diesel Truck Driver100%0%

Delivery Driver Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among delivery drivers is White, which makes up 60.0% of all delivery drivers. Comparatively, there are 19.0% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 12.1% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

  • White, 60.0%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 19.0%
  • Black or African American, 12.1%
  • Unknown, 4.6%
  • Asian, 3.5%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.8%

Delivery Driver Race

Delivery Driver RacePercentages
White60.0%
Hispanic or Latino19.0%
Black or African American12.1%
Unknown4.6%
Asian3.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.8%

Delivery Driver Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among delivery drivers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Delivery Driver Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201068.98%10.85%2.37%15.31%
201168.61%11.24%2.39%15.19%
201267.90%11.38%2.54%15.54%
201367.98%10.92%2.45%16.05%
201467.71%11.37%2.64%15.70%
201566.80%11.70%2.68%16.17%
201666.01%11.34%2.77%17.04%
201765.80%11.46%2.80%17.21%
201865.31%11.51%3.09%17.22%
201965.69%11.47%2.92%17.12%
202062.91%11.45%3.15%17.40%
202159.96%12.14%3.50%19.01%

Delivery Driver Wage Gap By Race

White delivery drivers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Asian delivery drivers have the lowest average salary at $37,481.
$39,000
$38,000
$37,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$37,868
White$38,198
Black or African American$37,611
Asian$37,481
Hispanic or Latino$37,789

Average Age of a Delivery Driver

We determined the average age of delivery drivers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Delivery Driver Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American4944
Unknown4639.5
Asian4643
Hispanic or Latino4543
White5148
American Indian and Alaska Native49.547

Delivery Driver Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of delivery driver employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of delivery drivers is 40+ years old, which represents 72% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Delivery Driver Age

Delivery Driver YearsPercentages
40+ years72%
30-40 years19%
20-30 years9%

Types of Delivery Driver Degree Levels

The most common degree for delivery drivers is high school diploma 45% of delivery drivers earn that degree. A close second is bachelor's degree with 21% and rounding it off is associate degree with 18%.

  • High School Diploma, 45%
  • Bachelors, 21%
  • Associate, 18%
  • Diploma, 10%
  • Other Degrees, 6%

Delivery Drivers By Education

Delivery Driver DegreePercentages
High School Diploma45%
Bachelors21%
Associate18%
Diploma10%
Other Degrees6%

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Delivery Driver Wage Gap By Education

Delivery drivers with a Associate degree earn more than those without, at $39,759 annually. With a Bachelors degree, delivery drivers earn a median annual income of $39,316 compared to $38,976 for delivery drivers with an High School Diploma degree.
$41,000
$40,000
$39,000
$38,000
$37,000
$36,000
$35,000
High School Diploma or Less
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Some College/ Associate Degree
EducationSalary
High School Diploma or Less$38,976
Master's Degree$35,623
Bachelor's Degree$39,316
Some College/ Associate Degree$39,759

Delivery Driver Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where delivery drivers work. We found most delivery drivers work for a private company. In addition, the industry that employs the most delivery drivers is the hospitality industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire delivery drivers.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Delivery Driver Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees7%
50 - 100 employees11%
100 - 500 employees16%
500 - 1,000 employees7%
1,000 - 10,000 employees32%
> 10,000 employees26%

The Types Of Companies Delivery Driver Work In

Employees with the delivery driver job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most delivery drivers prefer to work at private companies over public companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Delivery Driver Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education1%
Public27%
Private71%
Government1%

Top Industries Hiring Delivery Drivers

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ delivery drivers. Those industries include hospitality, retail and manufacturing.

Hospitality

Retail

Manufacturing

Fortune 500

Transportation

Delivery Driver Turnover And Employment Statistics

Delivery Driver Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of delivery drivers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Delivery Driver Unemployment Rate By Year

YearDelivery Driver Unemployment Rate
201010.33%
20118.73%
20127.76%
20136.88%
20145.54%
20154.98%
20164.17%
20174.08%
20183.68%
20193.45%
20205.26%
20215.44%

The Average Number of Years That Delivery Driver Stay in a Job

By looking over 224,238 delivery drivers resumes, we figured out that the average delivery driver enjoys staying at their job for Less than 1 year for a percentage of 35%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Delivery Driver Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year35%
1-2 years29%
3-4 years13%
5-7 years14%
8-10 years4%
11+ years4%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Delivery Drivers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to delivery drivers.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Street Cleaning Equipment Operator1.73%49,524
Delivery Driver3.95%-
Patient Transportation Driver6.17%216,429
Transit Coach Operator8.69%40,390
Bus Driver/Monitor8.77%15,993

Delivery Driver LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Street Cleaning Equipment Operator1.73%49,524
Patient Transportation Driver6.17%216,429
Transit Coach Operator8.69%40,390
Bus Driver/Monitor8.77%15,993

Foreign Languages Spoken By Delivery Drivers

The most common foreign language among delivery drivers is Spanish at 70.8%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is French at 6.7% and German is the third-most popular at 3.8%.

  • Spanish, 70.8%
  • French, 6.7%
  • German, 3.8%
  • Russian, 2.3%
  • Arabic, 2.2%
  • Other, 14.2%

Delivery Driver Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish70.8%
French6.7%
German3.8%
Russian2.3%
Arabic2.2%
Other14.2%

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Delivery Driver Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a delivery driver can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of delivery drivers is $38,859. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Delivery Drivers Earn The Most?

Delivery drivers earn the most in Alaska, where the average delivery driver salary is $50,374. The map here shows where delivery drivers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Which State Has The Most Delivery Drivers?

By looking through more than 224,238 resumes, we found that the most popular places for delivery drivers are Houston, TX and New York, NY.

Number of Delivery Drivers

Number Of Delivery Driver Jobs By State

Where Are Delivery Drivers In High Demand?

Delivery drivers are in high demand in Los Angeles, CA. There are currently 238 job openings for delivery drivers here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country delivery drivers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Delivery Driver Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Delivery Drivers Are Female?

17.5% of delivery drivers are female in the United States. This is -0.3 percentage points lower than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female delivery drivers has increased by 4.4 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 228,402 female delivery drivers in the U.S. and 1,076,753 male delivery drivers in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 1,305,155 people with the specific job title of delivery driver and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Delivery Driver Are There In The Us?

There are over 1,419,427 Delivery Drivers in the United States.

What Percentage Of Delivery Drivers Are Black?

12.1% of Delivery Drivers are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Delivery Drivers?

Most a are White, with 60.0% of Delivery Drivers belonging to this ethnicity. 19.0% of Delivery Drivers are Hispanic or Latino, 12.1% of Delivery Drivers are Black or African American, 4.6% of Delivery Drivers are Unknown, 3.5% of Delivery Drivers are Asian, and 0.8% of Delivery Drivers are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Delivery Driver Jobs Male - Dominated?

Yes, Delivery Driver jobs are male - dominated. 83% of Delivery Drivers are male, and 16% are female, so there are more male Delivery Drivers than female Delivery Drivers in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Delivery Driver?

The average Delivery Driver is 48 years old. 72% of Delivery Drivers are 40+ years old or older, 19% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 9% are between 20-30 years old

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