If you’re wondering where the best money is for drivers, look no further than the food distribution sector, according a new survey conducted by the International Foodservice Distributors Association.
The IFDA released the results for its 2019 Compensation Survey: Driver and Warehouse Positions Edition, in which the group found that average hourly wages for foodservice distribution employees are highly competitive and surpass those of many other occupations for U.S. workers.
In particular, delivery drivers in the food distribution sector had an average annual wage of $67,291 compared to a $51,960-average for all U.S. workers. Against other drivers the disparity is even worse, according to IFDA’s survey.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' numbers, the average for heavy-duty truck drivers is $45,570 and light truck or delivery services drivers average just $36,920.
For comparison to other industries, construction equipment operators average $52,190 per year, roofers average $43,870 and stonemasons average $44,370.
IFDA’s survey was based on data from 93 distribution companies, representing 699 facilities. The report includes salary information for five driver positions and 19 warehouse positions. The full survey is available through IFDA.