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 local package delivery ‘brown trucks’ you see swarming the city streets on any given day.
UPS Truck Driver Salary
UPS Freight OTR
Seen on the highway, the freight OTR truckers for UPS earn $57,886.40 per year based off of user contributions on Glassdoor and Indeed.com for our 2018 update. That breaks down to $27.83 per hour.
According to the company, this is 34% higher than the national average for most OTR drivers. Our research shows that is not completely accurate as our industry average for 2018 is 66,711. However, for new drivers, this would be a big bump to their 1st year earnings.
Bonuses are not mentioned in this number.
Since the focus of our site is traditional OTR drivers, this is the number we use in our company rankings. But that number doesn’t tell the whole story if you are interested in driving local routes with UPS.
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.
Local Drivers “Brown Trucks” Pay Info
The brown trucks you see are referred to as “package cars.”
These drivers earn, on average, roughly $19.82 an hour.
While this figure comes out to $41,267.20 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. The key to understanding the amount you can earn at UPS is that most drivers work overtime pay with 11 to 12 hour days common.
Overtime pay averages $45 an hour.
With that said, we think it is safe to add 35% to the total earnings ($12,380) for a package delivery driver for grand total of $53,647.36.
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).
Again, 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 Driver Requirements
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 much improved in 2018- as is adding additional coverage options. 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.
Retirement Benefits 2018 Update:We have had a big update for driver benefits. UPS is now the largest company in the Teamsters Union. This has major benefits for drivers.
Prior to 2018, the company had standard union-based 401k plans available. UPS did match employee contributions, and retirement benefits were 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.
How does the average UPS truck driver salary compare to FedEx salaries?
Data based off of GlassDoor and Indeed.com shows that the average OTR UPS driver earns $27.83 an hour, while the average FedEx truck driver earns $22.83 an hour.
The total compensation for a FedEx driver is $47,492 a year, while UPS pays their drivers significantly more at $57,866 a year on average.
For non OTR, local drivers the differences are even more substantial. With overtime pay considered, we have UPS at an average of $53,647 while FedEx couriers report $37,813 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 better for UPS in the not so distant past, with an average salary of $58,653 in 2011. FedEx drivers at this time were earning $20,000 less than UPS drivers, with the average salary being $38,465. This historical 2011 data was provided from Payscale.com but is no longer accurate.
Interestingly, FedEx did pay a higher salary in almost all of the other 7 positions listed that were not trucking-related.