How Much Do UPS Truck Drivers Make?
UPS is known for their brown trucks and smiling-faced drivers that knock on your door to deliver packages. The company is one of the biggest shipping companies in the world, but how much do these truckers really get paid?
The UPS truck driver salary depends on the type of truck driven.
Long haul trucking or OTR will be paid differently than the brown trucks you see swarming the city streets on any given day.
UPS Truck Driver Salary
Consistent routes and exceptional pay is what’s offered to UPS drivers. While this data does not account for seasonal drivers, it does account for the full-time employee that gets to work regular shifts and routes.
The brown trucks you see are referred to as “package cars.” These drivers earn, on average, $74,000 a year, or roughly $30 an hour. While this figure comes out to $62,400 a year for a 40-hour work week, drivers can expect to work more than 8 hours a day, especially during the peak holiday season.
Overtime pay averages $45 an hour.
Cash bonuses are provided yearly and can range as high as $2,042.
- Maintain a clean driving record.
- Pass a drug and criminal background check.
- Operate a manual transmission.
- Be able to lift packages 25 – 35 pounds on average (up to 70 pounds).
Drivers will work 8 or more hours a day with most weekends and holidays off. Certain positions are available for weekend delivery, and weekend hours may be increased during the peak holiday season.
UPS Freight OTR
Seen on the highway, the freight OTR truckers for UPS earn $78,658 per year based off of user contributions on Glassdoor. According to the company, this is 72% higher than the national average for most OTR drivers.
Bonuses are not mentioned.
Every driver in the company’s OTR division will have to meet the following requirements:
- Be 21 years of age or older.
- Hold a CDL with Haz-Mat endorsement.
- Speak and write in English.
- Meet the company’s mental and physical requirements.
- Maintain a sufficient driving record and history.
Most drivers in this division will be on the road for 3 – 5 days at a time. When the company mentions a “dedicated OTR driver,” this is not the same as a dedicated route or destination. This term refers to the customer, and not the driving route or destination.
A background check and drug screening will also be conducted.
Benefits Offered at UPS
UPS is one of the best companies in the country to work for in terms of benefits. You’ll receive the following benefits after working for the company for one year:
One of the biggest perks of a UPS driver is that they have no cost and full coverage insurance provided by the company. This insurance extends to the driver’s family. Even part-time employees are able to receive insurance.
Current workers for the company state that 85% – 100% of insurance costs, such as deductibles, are paid by the company.
Adding family to the policy is a tedious process and takes longer than most employees had hoped. Anyone that is in the union will remain with their old benefits, but insurance benefits are negotiated regularly, so terms may change by the time new drivers work for the company for a year.
Vacation and Time Off
Vacation and paid time off are available for anyone that has worked for the company for more than one year. Even part-time employees will receive the following:
- 1-Year With the Company: 1 week of paid vacation.
- 2-Years With the Company: 2 weeks of paid vacation.
- 5-Years With the Company: 3 weeks of paid vacation.
You’ll also receive 5 PTO days each year.
Employees that work for the company for 20 years will receive 6 weeks of paid vacation.
There are standard union-based 401k plans available. UPS does match employee contributions, and retirement benefits are not available to part-time employees. The amount that the company matches is up for debate, with some employees stating 3% and others stating 50% of the first 5% of employee contributions.
UPS vs FedEx Truck Driver Salary
How does the average UPS truck driver salary compare to FedEx salaries?
Data based off of GlassDoor shows that the average UPS driver earns $30 an hour, while the average FedEx truck driver earns $23 an hour. The total compensation for a FedEx driver is $45,900 a year, while UPS pays their drivers significantly more at $74,000 a year on average.
An article published by AOL in 2011 shows a sharp contrast to today’s salary range.
The average courier for FedEx earned $42,926 in 2011, while UPS drivers earned $48,153. UPS drivers are earning significantly more today than just 4 years ago, while the average FedEx driver’s wages have remained nearly stagnant over this time.
Truck driver positions specifically paid much better for UPS in 2011, with an average salary of $58,653. FedEx drivers at this time were earning $20,000 less than UPS drivers, with the average salary being $38,465. This 2011 data was provided from Payscale.com.
Interestingly, FedEx did pay a higher salary in almost all of the other 7 positions listed that were not trucking-related.
UPS recently made an announcement that the company will hire as many as 95,000 seasonal workers for the holiday season in 2015. Many of these positions will be truck driver related and will allow drivers to work for the company – at least temporarily.