UPS drivers, regardless of educational background, are causing a stir with their eye-catching paychecks. A Reddit user recently shared a snapshot of their UPS paycheck, revealing earnings exceeding $2,400 before taxes for just 49 hours of work. While the authenticity of the paycheck couldn’t be independently verified, it seems to align with recent negotiations between UPS and the Teamsters union.
The Reddit post’s caption highlighted the incredulity of a UPS delivery driver with only a high school diploma making such substantial earnings, attributing it to the power of the Teamsters union. The collective bargaining agreement between UPS and the union resulted in a significant pay bump for full-time delivery drivers, reaching a total compensation of $170,000, inclusive of benefits—an increase of about $25,000 compared to their previous earnings.
The news of this salary boost reverberated across the US workforce, leaving well-paid tech workers in a state of ambivalence between admiration and outrage. The discussion in the comments section of the post saw delivery drivers and college-educated professionals sharing their own salary comparisons. Surprisingly, the UPS driver emerged as the top earner in many comparisons.
Amidst the reactions, an aerospace engineer expressed earning less than the UPS driver, and even an Amazon driver lamented their $17 compensation for a job they considered similar. The original poster clarified their background, detailing five years as a UPS driver and two as a package handler. Despite the impressive paycheck, they emphasized going home “exhausted every night.”
This revelation triggered a shift in some users’ perspectives on unions. Formerly anti-union individuals admitted to reconsidering their stance after witnessing the financial benefits and job security associated with union-protected positions. It appears that the high pay comes at the cost of enduring challenging working conditions, with UPS delivery drivers facing elements like hot summers and long hours in trucks without air conditioning.