The average UPS driver salary in the United States is $53,386 annually. The salary guide detailed here covers the general salary for delivery drivers as granular pay was not available for UPS drivers in different countries. The pay for delivery drivers in Canada is C$35,932 ($26,318) and in the United Kingdom, it is E17,965 ($19,757). In South Africa, they receive a lower salary of R72,223 ($5,381) and in India, their salary is Rs 142,923 ($2,222).
This UPS driver career guide discusses, in particular, the salary in seven countries, the impact of experience and industry on overall pay, an average working schedule, the benefits that UPS offers drivers, and the overall job outlook for these professionals.
How Much Does a UPS Driver Make per Year by Country?
|UPS Driver Salary||US||Canada||UK||Australia||New Zealand||India||South Africa|
|Hourly Pay||$13.40||C$15.56 ($11.40)||E7.60 ($8.36)||AU$19.88 ($14.74)||NZ$17.63 ($12.20)||Rs 68.17 ($1.06)||R31.15 ($2.32)|
|Annual Pay||$53,386||C$35,932 ($26,318)||E17,965 ($19,757)||AU$47,083 ($34,921)||NZ$36,660* ($25,365)||Rs 142,923 ($2,222)||R72,223 ($5,381)|
Pay information denoted with a (*) indicates the hourly pay was correlated from the annual salary.
UPS Driver Salary Influencing Factors
This pay information reports on the general salary for package and postal delivery drivers. Reasons for possible variation in the salary for a UPS driver due to industry or contracts will be explained in detail below the salary ranges. All of the salary information is from Payscale except for the United States. That pay comes from Glassdoor.
How Much Does a UPS Driver Make in the US?
|UPS Driver Salary US||Per Year||Per Hour|
|Overtime||No additional pay||$23.27 to $67.01|
|Total Pay||$58,892 to $134,305|
How Much Does a UPS Driver Make in Canada?
|UPS Driver Salary Canada||Per Year||Per Hour|
|Bonus/Tip||C$96.96 to C$3,091||No additional pay|
|Overtime||No additional pay||C$15.16 to C$36.82|
|Total Pay||C$24,096 to C$50,593|
How Much Does A UPS Driver Make in the UK?
|UPS Driver Salary UK||Per Year||Per Hour|
|Bonus/Tip||E2,485||No additional pay|
|Overtime||No additional pay||E6.98 to E13.87|
|Total Pay||E13,367 to E24,185|
How Much Does a UPS Driver Make in Australia?
|UPS Driver Salary Australia||Per Year||Per Hour|
|Overtime||No additional pay||AU$19.06 to AU$40.59|
|Total Pay||AU$34,385 to AU$54,243|
How Much Does a UPS Driver make in New Zealand?
|UPS Drive.r Salary New Zealand||Per Year||Per Hour|
|Bonus/Tip||No additional pay||No additional pay|
|Overtime||No additional pay||NZ$26.00|
|Total Pay||NZ$31,676 to NZ$51,289|
How Much Does a UPS Driver Make in India?
|UPS Driver Salary India||Per Year||Per Hour|
|Minimum||Rs 94,406||Rs 45.38*|
|Maximum||Rs 568,671||Rs 273.39*|
|Bonus/Tip||Rs 503 to Rs 129,128||No additional pay|
|Overtime||No additional pay||No additional pay|
|Total Pay||Rs 95,422 to Rs 561,000|
How Much Does a UPS Driver Make in South Africa?
|UPS Driver Salary UK||Per Year||Per Hour|
|Bonus/Tip||R1,517 to R13,481||No additional pay|
|Overtime||No additional pay||R6.18 to R116.35|
|Total Pay||R45,929 to R129,672|
In Australia, pay increases modestly over time from about AU$41,000 to AU$47,500. There is only a 6 percent increase for delivery drivers in New Zealand as they gain experience. In Canada, experienced professionals can expect to earn about C$42,000. Conversely, the salary in India is 11 percent below the average for entry-level professionals and 645 percent above for more experienced drivers. In South Africa, the pay has two periods of growth to go from R69,000 to R91,000. There is very small growth for drivers in the United Kingdom as they progress from E16,000 to E19,000. In the United States, pay increases about 12 percent for each career jump from 10 percent below to 35 percent above the average.
The most common experience level in all of the countries listed is drivers with 1 to 4 years of experience.
The industry in the United States is very interesting because UPS drivers have a comparable job to FedEx drivers. However, their pay is significantly higher. While FedEx drivers average $23.00 dollars an hour, UPS drivers see $30.00 dollars.
UPS is the largest employer in the Teamsters union. It is hard to say that their pay increase is due to being in the union, however, having representation and people advocating for fair labor is a definite benefit towards higher than average industry pay.
Overall, this is a very flexible industry in terms of employment types. While most UPS drivers will work full-time, year round, they hire about 95,000 seasonal workers who will work around the holidays. In addition, part-time hours are not unheard of in this industry.
Schedule & Working Hours
UPS delivery drivers can expect to work at least 8 hours a day. They typically have weekends and holidays off. However, there are specified positions that do in fact work these hours. Packages are normally delivered between 9 AM and 7 PM. However, the drivers work longer than this because they need to be ready when their truck is loaded and return the truck at the end of the day.
Bonuses & Benefits
Compared to FedEx, UPS employees enjoy excellent benefits. In fact, UPS has some of the best employee benefits in the industry. All employees (even part-time) have minimal health care costs because the company picks up most of the deductible. In addition, there is a $5,280 annual reimbursement for education related costs.
UPS is unique in that part-time employees are offered an excellent benefits package. This includes healthcare and education reimbursement. As a result, more than 50 percent of the UPS workforce started as part-time employees. However, they are not offered retirement benefits.
The list below shows healthcare benefits by country. It is important to note that these are health care benefits for delivery drivers in general and are not limited to the benefits for UPS drivers. The benefits for UPS drivers, at least in the United States, are higher than these.
|Country||United States||Canada||United Kingdom||Australia||New Zealand||India||South Africa|
In general, the job outlook for UPS drivers is a slow growth rate of 4 percent through the year 2024. However, the rapid growth of e-commerce and businesses like Amazon will keep the demand high for UPS drivers. Because UPS is such a good company to work for the competition to become a full-time UPS driver is intense. Job growth will be tempered by advancements in technology and navigation as well as possible drone delivery.
Some UPS delivery drivers could progress to being a semi-truck driver or a project manager of the delivery department. They could also advance to a supervisory delivery position or a fleet dispatcher.
For whatever reason, most UPS drivers are male. In general, delivery drivers in South Africa are 97 percent male and in Canada, they are 89 percent male. The ratio in Australia is 84 percent male to 16 percent female and in India, it is 92 percent male to 8 percent female.
Overall, UPS is a great company to work for. This UPS career and salary guide looked more broadly at delivery truck drivers. However, UPS provides perks not commonly seen in the industry such as employment with the company, higher rates of pay, benefits for part-time employees, and education reimbursement. For the low education required to begin this job, a UPS driver career is a smart move. A similar job for you to consider that implies spending some time on the road is that of a truck driver.