Light Truck Drivers

risk level
Based on 151 votes
by year 2032
or $20.42 per hour
as of 2023

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Automation risk

90% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Manual Dexterity

User poll

63% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 90% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Light Truck Drivers will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Light Truck Drivers' job openings is expected to rise 10.0% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Light Truck Drivers' was $42,470, or $20 per hour

'Light Truck Drivers' were paid 11.6% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 1,003,960 people employed as 'Light Truck Drivers' within the United States.

This represents around 0.7% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 151 people are employed as 'Light Truck Drivers'.

Job description

Drive a light vehicle, such as a truck or van, with a capacity of less than 26,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), primarily to pick up merchandise or packages from a distribution center and deliver. May load and unload vehicle.

SOC Code: 53-3033.00


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Maciej Leqen (Highly likely) says
Just Look at tesla autopilot
Dec 02, 2021 at 02:57 PM
Jose Luis Espert (Highly likely) says
In all driving jobs, robots will be far more reliable than humans, as well as more effective, since they don´t need time to sleep. At first, I think that they will replace long-trip workers, however, the change could happen immediately.
Aug 04, 2021 at 12:03 AM
Paul says
I can understand people’s concerns with linehaul or warehouse/fulfilment centre work being automated, but delivery driver automation? Doubtful. I’ve done residential and business deliveries for major delivery companies, and there are too many variables for current technology to thrive in these situations. Maybe a few decades from now we will see robots capable of taking over this job.
Dec 21, 2020 at 08:38 PM
Archived Knowledge (Highly likely) says
We are closing in on having autonomous trucks, and already have small autonomous take away robots, replacing human-to-human deliveries.
Apr 19, 2020 at 11:31 AM

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