Delivery service drivers are one of the least happy careers in the United States.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, delivery service drivers rate their career happiness 2.6 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 9% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy delivery service drivers are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Switchboard operator
2.7
$31k
Truck driver
2.7
$46k
Courier
2.7
$32k
Cargo and freight agent
2.7
$44k
Delivery service driver
2.6
$31k
Hazardous materials removal worker
2.6
$44k
Administrative assistant
2.6
$32k
Traffic technician
2.6
$47k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are delivery service drivers happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do delivery service drivers find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as delivery service drivers?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are delivery service driver’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are delivery service drivers making the best use of their abilities?

Are delivery service drivers happy with their salary?