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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.

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) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Delivery and Courier Service Drivers

2006 NOC: 7414

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

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

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

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 for this NOC group 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 About Interests


Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

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
  • Strength Required Lift over 20 kg

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.

Traits & Skills
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.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Delivery and courier service drivers

2016 NOC: 7514

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 100 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Mar 03, 2023 and Mar 25, 2023.

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.
Tasks: Operate and drive automobiles, vans and light trucks to pick up and deliver various items and products
Tasks: Load and unload goods
Tasks: Record trip information such as vehicle mileage, fuel costs and any problems
Tasks: Perform pre-trip, en route and post-trip inspection and oversee all aspects of vehicle
Tasks: Use maps and other trip planning aids
Tasks: Professionalism in customer service
Tasks: Receive and relay information to central dispatch
Construction Specialization: Reliability
Construction Specialization: Flexibility
Construction Specialization: Organized
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019
  • Minimum Education High school diploma

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.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2019
  • Certification Not Regulated

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 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.

Source: 2019-2023 Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

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

Related Alberta Job Postings
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.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Delivery and courier service drivers

2016 NOC: 7514
Average Wage
Per Hour
Average Salary
Per Year
Average Hours
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

2021 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 7514 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

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.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

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.

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $24.22 $18.72 $18.10
Overall $15.00 $28.85 $20.87 $21.15
Top $15.00 $37.02 $24.22 $24.02

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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.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Public Administration
Transportation and Warehousing
Retail Trade
Health Care & Social Assistance
Wholesale Trade
Information, Culture, Recreation
Accommodation & Food Services

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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