Vending Machine Attendants
Vending Machine Attendants stock and maintain vending and amusement machines and collect money from coin boxes.
Also known as: Vending Machine Refiller.
Specialisations: Poker Machine Attendant.
Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as a Vending Machine Attendant. Some workers have a certificate III in electrical machine repair.
loading, unloading and transporting stock and equipment
replenishing vending machines with stock
clearing money from machines, accounting for money collected, and checking monitoring systems
keeping stock records, and machine maintenance and repair records
may test vending machines' dispensing, coin-handling, electrical, refrigeration, carbonation and ice-making systems
may adjust and repair vending machines and replace defective mechanical and electrical parts using hand tools and soldering-irons
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:
- is expected to grow moderately
- is likely to reach 6,300 by 2026.
Source: Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and Jobs and Skills Australia Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 39% of people employed as Vending Machine Attendants work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 27 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 42 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Median full-time earnings are $1,061 per week, this is much lower than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $1,020
- 1 in 4 earn more than $1,155
Median hourly earnings are $30, this is lower than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Vending Machine Attendants||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Vending Machine Attendants||All Jobs Average|
Around 63% of Vending Machine Attendants live in capital cities, similar to the all jobs average of 62%.
Victoria has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
- Melbourne - West
- Melbourne - South East
- Sydney - Inner South West
- Melbourne - North East
- Melbourne - Outer East.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Vending Machine Attendants is 37 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 64% of the workforce. This is 16 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Vending Machine Attendants||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||4.1||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as a Vending Machine Attendant. Some workers have a certificate III in electrical machine repair.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Vending Machine Attendants||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||2.1||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||19.9||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Vending Machine Attendants who are reliable and work well as part of a team.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Fixing machines or systems.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
45%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Reading work related information.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
41%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Looking for ways to help people.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
39%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
39%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
37%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Talking to others.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
64%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
45%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
45%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
39%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
36%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Planting, growing, and harvesting food (both plant and animal), including storage and handling.
33%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
33%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
31%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
31%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
29%Building and construction
Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
28%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
23%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
22%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Listen to and understand what people say.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Communicate by speaking.
Read and understand written information.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Write in a way that people can understand.
39%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
89%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
84%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
76%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
75%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
73%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
67%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
63%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
63%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
60%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
59%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
58%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
56%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
55%Coming up with systems and processes
Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
55%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
50%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
50%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
46%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
40%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
Convincing people to buy something or to change their minds or actions.
37%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
97%In an enclosed vehicle or equipment
Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).
94%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
93%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
91%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
88%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
87%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
87%Bright or inadequate lighting
Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.
87%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
83%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
82%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
82%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
80%Angry or unpleasant people
Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
78%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
76%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.
75%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
Work to strict deadlines.
74%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
74%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-9091.00 - Coin, Vending, and Amusement Machine Servicers and Repairers.