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2018 Mixer Driver Recruitment &
Retention Survey Reports



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The results of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s 2018 Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey show pressure on producers to maintain a healthy concrete delivery professional driver pool increased. It is visible in the reported three percent drop in the mixer driver population between January and December 2017. Second, 48 percent reported lost business because they did not have a driver to deliver the order; that’s up 12 percent from 2017. And third, there was a 34 percent increase in respondents to the 2018 survey, perhaps illustrating a larger desire to understand the challenge better.

The mixer driver pool remains about 75,000, as in 2015 and 2016. The turnover rate increased to 29.1 percent, up from 25.8 percent in 2016. That equates to about 18 percent of the driver pool, or 13,500 drivers nationally (quit and released). Of the drivers who were hired, then left the same year, 6,600 did so, or 9 percent of the 2017 driver pool. That is up from 4,800 drivers in 2016. Of note, mentoring new mixer drivers dropped to 74 percent of producers from 85 percent in 2016. Additionally, many producers dropped the mentorship length to less than one month from one-to-three months in 2016.

In the survey’s four-year history, respondents overwhelmingly noted their biggest hiring challenge was finding drivers with ready mixed concrete experience. Seventy-six percent of producers will only hire experienced drivers, that is, they do not hire new commercially licensed drivers or drivers under 25. Yet, the industry managed to hire between 20,000-23,000 drivers each year from 2014 to 2017. Better pay, inconsistent daily schedules and lack of a steady 12-month income/work remain the top three reasons drivers quit for the third year.

Mixer drivers’ average age is 46.4 years old, close to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) 2017 estimated age of heavy equipment commercial drivers at 46.7 years. While mixer driver national tenure dropped to 9.0 years from 9.6 years the previous two years, the BLS reports only 29 percent of American workers have a 10+ year tenure with their companies. This industry’s 2017 10+ tenure was 45%.

NRMCA’s annual Mixer Driver Recruitment and Retention Survey examines the state of mixer driver employment pool between January 1 and December 31. This year’s response rate reflects 28 percent of NRMCA’s estimated 75,000 drivers. NRMCA also estimates the total ready mixed concrete industry employment population at approximately 135,000 employees; mixer drivers are 56 percent of that total. The survey’s response rate per question averaged 89 percent. The annual survey reports on staffing levels, retention rates, average age, tenure rate, and internal job mobility. It also looks at the total turnover rate, voluntary turnover rate, involuntary turnover rate, layoff turnover rate and reasons for termination as well as reasons mixer drivers quit. Finally, the survey includes recruitment methods, hiring trends and challenges, and the projected next-year hire. The survey is conducted under the auspices of NRMCA’s Workforce Development Committee.


Comments, questions, and concerns are always welcome.


Please participate in next year’s survey. It will be available May 1, 2019 with results released September 2019.


Download the 2017 survey’s results:


Click here to download the Executive Summary

Members click here to download the full report


Click here for the 2017 Infographic



Click here to download the 2016 Executive Summary


Click here for the 2016 Infographic


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