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Vending Machine Route Worker

Vending machine route workers fill, clean and maintain vending machines that dispense change or products in places such as offices, schools and hotels.

  • Avg. Salary $40,599.00
  • Avg. Wage $19.75
  • Minimum Education High school diploma
  • Outlook above avg
  • Employed 9,200
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Coin Operated Machine Stocker, Customer Service Representative

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Delivery and Courier Service Drivers (7414) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Delivery and Courier Service Drivers (H714) 
  • 2011 NOC: Delivery and courier service drivers (7514) 
Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years

Average Wage
  • Certification Not Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Interest Codes
The Vending Machine Route Worker is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Delivery and Courier Service Drivers

Interest in copying to record information on pick-ups and deliveries, vehicle mileage, fuel costs and any problems; and in performing pre-trip inspections of vehicles


Interest in driving automobiles, vans and light trucks


Interest in speaking to customers to sell products over established routes and accept and make payments for goods; may communicate with central dispatchers using cellular telephones and citizen's band (CB) radios

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 
It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

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Updated Dec 19, 2016

Vending machine route workers usually visit machines in 10 to 20 locations each day. They may have a set route or plan their own routes.

Duties and responsibilities may vary from 1 company to another but, in general, vending machine route workers:

  • load supplies in a vehicle such as a van or light truck
  • drive to vending machine locations
  • open and refill machines
  • change product labels if necessary
  • collect money, ensure machines are locked and float bags for coin machines are balanced
  • record the amount of money collected and stock required to refill machines, or download this information into hand held devices 
  • ensure that machines are clean and in good working order
  • ensure product dates and health codes are adhered to 
  • establish and maintain good customer relations with business owners and operators
  • report damage to machines
  • make minor repairs and report broken machines.

They also may deliver and install machines that do not require special electrical or plumbing connections.

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Vending machine route workers drive in all types of weather conditions but spend most of their time indoors servicing machines. They usually work shifts from early morning to mid-afternoon. They may work weekends and holidays or be on call. Overtime may be required during busy periods or when driving conditions are poor. In rural areas, long distance travel may be required.

Vending machines are usually exposed to pedestrian traffic and working conditions around them often are cramped. The work is physically demanding. Vending machine route workers routinely lift and carry supplies that may weigh up to 20 kilograms, and bend and stoop to load machines.

Personal protective equipment such as steel-toed boots may be required.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Vending machine route workers need the following characteristics:

  • honest and reliable
  • physically fit
  • able to work with little supervision
  • well groomed (to present a positive image of their company) 
  • able to establish and maintain good customer relations
  • aware of security and safety issues.

They should enjoy driving, keeping records and talking to people.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 19, 2016

There are no standard education requirements for vending machine route workers. Employers generally require applicants to:

  • have a valid driver's license and a good driving record
  • be bondable (acceptable to bonding companies as responsible, law-abiding people)
  • have at least Grade 10 education and math skills.

Employers may prefer to hire high school graduates who are familiar with hand held technology, have training related to computers or electronics, or have experience related to inventory management.

A Construction Safety Training System certificate and private site-specific training may be required to gain access to vending machines on some construction sites.

Vending machine route workers are trained on the job.

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Certification is not required, as there is currently no legislation regulating this occupation.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Vending machine route workers are employed by vending machine companies and food and beverage manufacturers.

Experienced route workers may move into vending machine repair or supervisory positions. For more information, see the Vending Machine Technician occupational profile.

Vending machine route workers are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 7514: Delivery and courier service drivers. In Alberta, 78% of people employed in this classification work in the following industries: 

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the industries listed above)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

In Alberta, the H714: Delivery and Courier Service Drivers occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 1.9% from 2016 to 2020. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 177 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 19, 2016
Delivery and courier service drivers

Survey Methodology

Survey Analysis

Overall Wage Details
Average Wage
Average Salary
Hours Per Week

Hourly Wage
For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $12.20 $28.00 $17.69 $16.00
Overall $13.50 $31.72 $19.75 $18.00
Top $15.00 $36.00 $22.27 $19.67

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Industry Information
Transportation and Warehousing
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Public Administration
Business, Building and Other Support Services
Retail Trade
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Health Care & Social Assistance
Wholesale Trade
Information, Culture, Recreation

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years


Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties


Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months


Vacancy Rate

Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Driver Training
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 19, 2016

Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association website:

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Updated Mar 31, 2015. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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