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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 $40,112.00
  • Avg. Wage $20.59
  • Minimum Education High school diploma
  • Outlook below avg
  • Employed 9,200
  • In Demand Lower
Also Known As

Coin Operated Machine Stocker, Route Delivery Driver

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) 
  • 2016 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 over 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.

Learn More

Updated Mar 31, 2019

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 one company to another. In general, they:

  • Load supplies in a vehicle such as a van or light truck
  • Drive to vending machine locations
  • Open and refill machines and change product labels if necessary
  • Collect money, lock machines, and ensure 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 adherence to product dates and health codes
  • 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 Mar 31, 2019

Vending machine route workers drive in all types of weather conditions. However, they 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 needed.

Vending machines are usually exposed to pedestrian traffic. Working conditions around them often are cramped. The work is physically demanding. Vending machine workers routinely lift and carry heavy supplies and bend and stoop to load machines.

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

  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Vending machine route workers need:

  • Honesty
  • Physical fitness
  • Self-motivation
  • Good grooming (to present a positive image of their company)
  • Interpersonal skills

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

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Delivery and courier service drivers
NOC code: 7514

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 97 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Oct 27, 2021 and Jan 24, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Load and unload goods
Operate and drive automobiles, vans and light trucks to pick up and deliver various items and products
Personal Suitability: Reliability
Personal Suitability: Organized
Use maps and other trip planning aids
Personal Suitability: Team player
Personal Suitability: Client focus
Record trip information such as vehicle mileage, fuel costs and any problems
Perform pre-trip, en route and post-trip inspection and oversee all aspects of vehicle
Personal Suitability: Effective interpersonal skills
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019

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

  • Have a valid driver’s licence 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. They may also prefer workers who are familiar with hand-held technology, have training related to computers or electronics, or have experience related to inventory management.

Workers may need a Construction Safety Training System certificate. They may need private, site-specific training to access vending machines on some construction sites.

Vending machine workers are trained on the job. They should be aware of security and safety issues.

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2019

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

Experienced 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 [pdf] 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 (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation

In Alberta, the 7514: Delivery and courier service drivers occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.5% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 136 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the 136 new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2019

Earnings for vending machine route workers may vary depending on the size of the company and the worker’s experience.

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 $15.00 $25.00 $18.44 $17.00
Overall $15.00 $28.50 $20.59 $18.75
Top $15.00 $33.00 $23.66 $23.00

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

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 Mar 31, 2019

Canadian Automatic Merchandising Association website:

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Updated Mar 31, 2019. 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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