The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA), in partnership with Paradox Compensation Advisors, recently released the results for their 2017 Hourly Compensation Survey. The survey revealed that average wages for foodservice distribution employees are highly competitive and surpass those of many other occupations for U.S. workers.
"The data in this survey proves that pursuing a job in foodservice distribution is an excellent career choice," said IFDA President and CEO Mark Allen. "In addition to opportunities for upward mobility and career growth, our foodservice distributors are offering generous pay and benefits to attract and retain the best and brightest."
Other key highlights include:
- Foodservice distribution delivery drivers earn average annual wages of $62,854, far exceeding the average for all U.S. workers at $49,630, according to 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- The difference is more striking when compared to similar positions with heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers averaging $43,590 and light truck or delivery services drivers averaging $34,790.
- The trend continues when compared to other occupations: construction equipment operators at $49,810, roofers at $42,080, and stonemasons at $43,650.
The survey is based on data from 39 distributors representing 376 facilities. The report includes salary information for 15 different positions including Class A CDL route delivery driver (no helper), Class A CDL driver route delivery driver (with helper), shuttle driver, Class B CDL route delivery driver, diesel mechanic, dispatcher, forklift operator, inventory control specialist, loader, maintenance mechanic, selector, shipper/receiver, warehouse team leader, warehouse worker, and yard driver.