Job type

Vending machine operator

£16k - £28k

Typical salary

38 – 40

Hours per week

Vending machine operators fill, maintain and collect money from machines that dispense products like drinks and snacks.

More info

  • Travel around making sure vending machines are filled and operating correctly
  • You'll need to be able to drive, and be comfortable working on your own
  • Progress into supervisory roles or move into larger organisations with additional responsibility

Vending machine operators make sure vending machines are filled and working properly, and empty them of money on a regular basis. You could work for a local company and be responsible for maintaining around 100 machines, or work for a national firm where you'll cover a large area and have responsibility for thousands of machines.


  • Collecting money that's been deposited
  • Filling and refilling machines with products
  • Cleaning vending machines
  • Making sure all machines are in good working order
  • Fixing minor faults, calling out service engineers to carry out more complicated repairs
  • Completing paperwork


You'll usually work on shift. Overtime and part-time hours may also be available. You'll need to be available to work at weekends and to be on call. You'll spend most of your time at customers' premises, and travelling between sites. Your employer will usually supply a company vehicle and a uniform.

You'll need

There are no set requirements but you'll need the ability to work on your own initiative, practical skills, and the ability to maintain accurate records.

You may be able to do a drinks dispense technician advanced apprenticeship.

Knowledge of basic mechanical and electrical engineering would also be helpful.

You'll need a reasonable level of physical fitness as you may need to carry goods to machines.

You'll also need a current clean driving licence for travelling between clients and sites.


With experience, you could progress to a supervisor or manager position.