Route Driver Statistics in the US

The average employee age for route drivers is 47 years. The route driver workforce reached a whopping 1,119,126 in 2020!

Among route drivers, we discovered that 10.9% of them are women, while 86.1% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among route drivers is White, which makes up 66.2% of all route drivers. Comparatively, there are 15.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 12.2% of the Black or African American ethnicity. The majority of route drivers are located in TX, Houston and NY, New York.

Route drivers are more likely to work at private companies in comparison to public companies. Taking it a step further, route drivers are more likely to find a job in the retail industry. Looking at route driver statistics, we found was that Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New York and Maryland are where route drivers find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about route driver demographics? We analyzed 32,813 route drivers resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Route Driver Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as route drivers. Keep reading to find out what the results for route drivers were.

Route Driver Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among route drivers is White, which makes up 66.2% of all route drivers. Comparatively, there are 15.1% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity and 12.2% of the Black or African American ethnicity.

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  • White, 66.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 15.1%
  • Black or African American, 12.2%
  • Asian, 3.4%
  • Unknown, 2.2%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.9%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Route Drivers

The chart below shows that 76.9% of route drivers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Carrier at 4.2% and Dakota is the third-most popular at 2.6%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 76.9%
  • Carrier, 4.2%
  • Dakota, 2.6%
  • Portuguese, 2.2%
  • German, 2.2%
  • Other, 11.9%

Most Common Degree for Route Driver

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for route drivers. The most common degree for route drivers is high school diploma. In fact, 32% of route drivers earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 12% and rounding it off is bachelor's degree with 11%.

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  • High School Diploma degree, 32%
  • Associate degree, 12%
  • Bachelors degree, 11%
  • Diploma degree, 7%
  • Other Degrees, 38%

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Route Driver Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among route drivers.

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

Route Driver Gender Over Time

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


Route 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 route drivers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

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


Number Of Years On The Job For Route Driver

By looking over 32,813 route drivers resumes, we figured out that the average route driver enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 31%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Route Driver Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of route driver employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of route drivers is 40+ years old, which represents 73% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Route Drivers with Other Job Titles

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

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Job Titleascdesc
Bus Matron13%83%
School Bus Attendant18%75%
School Bus Aide20%77%
Route Driver86%11%
Wrecker Operator93%2%
Diesel Truck Driver95%2%
Tank Wagon Driver96%4%
Tank Wagon Driver
Diesel Truck Driver
Wrecker Operator
Route Driver
School Bus Aide
School Bus Attendant
Bus Matron

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Route 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 route drivers.

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Job Titleascdesc
Production Forklift Operator6.56%
Route Driver6.99%
Traffic Control Specialist7.72%
Special Needs Bus Driver7.91%
Motor Vehicle Operator13.50%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Route Driver?

Male Income
Female Income

Route Driver Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Hispanic or Latino men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino

Route Driver Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Master's Degree$38,220
Bachelor's Degree$42,021
Some College/ Associate Degree$42,541
High School Diploma or Less$43,112

Route Driver Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
High School Diploma or Less
Some College/ Associate Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree

Route Driver Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a route driver can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of route drivers is $51,044. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Route Drivers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where route drivers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Route Drivers Located?

By looking through more than 32,813 resumes, we found that the most popular places for route drivers are TX, Houston and NY, New York.

Number of Route Drivers

Where Are Route Drivers In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country route drivers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Route Driver Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ route drivers. We found that the most common company type is private. In addition, the industry that employs the most route drivers is the retail industry.

What Percentage Of Route Driver Jobs Are Remote?

0.9% Remote

Freelance, outsourced or remote workers who spend much of their time working from home.

99.1% On-Site

Some of the vacancies require to stay on-site without possibility of working remotely.

Company Size

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

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Route Driver Work In

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

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Industry Concentration

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

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