In 2003, the most recent year the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) treated delivery drivers as a discrete category, delivery driving rated as the fifth most dangerous job in the United States. This places it higher than police work, firefighting and other jobs typically considered dangerous.
Approximately three-quarters of delivery-related deaths were the result of auto accidents; most of the rest resulted from violent crime. After 2003 and through at least 2014, the BLS considered delivery drivers in the same category as long-haul and local truck drivers. This combined category, which is dominated by truck drivers, rates as the eighth most dangerous job grouping as of 2014.