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Working As A Courier Delivery Driver

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Getting Information
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Stressful

  • $26,780

    Average Salary

What Does A Courier Delivery Driver Do

Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers pick up, transport, and drop off packages and small shipments within a local region or urban area. They drive trucks with a 26,000-pound gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity or less. Most of the time, they transport merchandise from a distribution center to businesses and households.

Duties

Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers typically do the following:

  • Load and unload their cargo
  • Communicate with costumers to determine pickup and delivery needs
  • Report any incidents they encounter on the road to a dispatcher
  • Follow all applicable traffic laws
  • Report serious mechanical problems to the appropriate personnel
  • Keep their truck and associated equipment clean and in good working order
  • Accept payments for the shipment
  • Handle paperwork, such as receipts or delivery confirmation notices

Most drivers generally receive instructions to go to a delivery location at a particular time, and it is up to them to determine the best route. Other drivers have a regular daily or weekly delivery schedule. All drivers must have a thorough understanding of an area’s street grid and know which roads allow trucks and which do not.

Light truck drivers, often called pickup and delivery or P&D drivers, are the most common type of delivery driver. They drive small trucks or vans from distribution centers to delivery locations. Drivers make deliveries based on a set schedule. Some drivers stop at the distribution center once only, in the morning, and make many stops throughout the day. Others make multiple trips between the distribution center and delivery locations. Some drivers make deliveries from a retail location to customers.

Driver/sales workers are delivery drivers who have additional sales responsibilities. They recommend new products to businesses and solicit new customers. These drivers may have a regular delivery route and be responsible for adding new clients located along their route. For example, they may make regular deliveries to a hardware store and encourage the store’s manager to offer a new type of product. Driver/sales workers also deliver goods, such as take-out food to consumers, and accept payment for those goods.

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How To Become A Courier Delivery Driver

Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers typically enter their occupations with a high school diploma or equivalent. However, some opportunities exist for those without a high school diploma. Workers undergo 1 month or less of on-the-job training. They must have a driver’s license from the state in which they work and possess a clean driving record.

Education

Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers typically enter their occupations with a high school diploma or equivalent.

Training

Companies train new delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers on the job. This may include driving training from a driver-mentor who rides along with a new employee to ensure that a new driver is able to operate a truck safely on crowded streets.

New drivers also have training to learn company policies about package dropoffs and returns, taking payment, and what to do with damaged goods.

Driver/sales workers must learn detailed information about the products they offer. Their company also may teach them proper sales techniques, such as how to approach potential new customers.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All delivery drivers need a driver’s license.

Other Experience

Some delivery drivers begin as package loaders at warehouse facilities, especially if the driver works for a large company. For more information on package loaders, see the profile on hand laborers and material movers.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. When completing deliveries, drivers often interact with customers and should make a good impression to ensure repeat business.

Hand-eye coordination. When driving, delivery drivers need to observe their surroundings while simultaneously operating a complex machine.

Math skills. Because delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers sometimes take payment, they must be able to count cash and make change quickly and accurately.

Patience. When driving through heavy traffic congestion, delivery drivers must remain calm and composed.

Sales skills. Driver/sales workers are expected to persuade customers to purchase new or different products from them.

Visual ability. To have a driver’s license, delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers must be able to pass a state vision test.

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Average Length of Employment
Route Driver 3.1 years
Courier 3.0 years
Courier Driver 2.9 years
Contract Driver 2.6 years
Driver 2.6 years
Delivery Associate 2.1 years
Delivery Driver 2.1 years
Delivery Person 2.0 years
Driver Assistant 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Driver 8.9%
Cashier 7.4%
Courier 5.6%
Supervisor 3.5%
Manager 3.5%
Internship 2.6%
Bus Driver 2.4%
Top Employers After
Driver 8.4%
Courier 5.4%
Bus Driver 3.0%
Owner 2.3%

Courier Delivery Driver Demographics

Gender

Male

72.8%

Female

25.8%

Unknown

1.3%
Ethnicity

White

77.2%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

71.9%

Greek

6.3%

Swedish

3.1%

Zulu

3.1%

German

3.1%

French

3.1%

Hindi

3.1%

Tagalog

3.1%

Polish

3.1%
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Courier Delivery Driver Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.7%

Wake Technical Community College

5.4%

Houston Community College

5.4%

Monroe Community College

5.4%

Bates Technical College

5.4%

Miami Dade College

5.4%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

5.4%

Howard University

5.4%

Cleveland State University

5.4%

Liberty University

5.4%

Strayer University

5.4%

Community College of Allegheny County

5.4%

University of New Mexico

5.4%

University of South Florida

3.6%

Cosumnes River College

3.6%

Brevard Community College

3.6%

Tyler Junior College

3.6%

Fresno City College

3.6%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.6%

Louisiana State University at Eunice

3.6%
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Majors

Business

28.3%

Criminal Justice

7.8%

General Studies

6.7%

Accounting

6.4%

Education

4.6%

Communication

4.6%

Graphic Design

4.6%

Psychology

4.2%

Computer Information Systems

3.5%

Computer Science

3.2%

Liberal Arts

3.2%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Medical Technician

2.8%

Hospitality Management

2.8%

Fine Arts

2.5%

Cosmetology

2.5%

Architecture

2.5%

Medical Assisting Services

2.5%

History

2.5%

Fire Science And Protection

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

45.3%

Bachelors

24.4%

Associate

16.5%

Certificate

7.7%

Masters

2.8%

Diploma

2.4%

License

0.4%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Top Skills for A Courier Delivery Driver

CustomerServiceSkillsCompanyVehicleEfficientPick-UpSortItemsFedexSortPackagesDeliveryRoutesGPSSafeDrivingDeliveryServiceCustomerSatisfactionMedicalSuppliesDeliveryTruckAutoPartsTimelyDeliveryEfficientRoutesDeliveryVehicleDHLHazardousGoodsLabSpecimens

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Top Courier Delivery Driver Skills

  1. Customer Service Skills
  2. Company Vehicle
  3. Efficient Pick-Up
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Required customer service skills when interacting with various lab staff.
  • Loaded and unloaded containers and company vehicles; operated mechanized ramp equipment to load and unload packages.
  • Checked all shipments for conformance to FedEx features of service.
  • Demonstrate procedures and processes with the objective of meeting service commitments.Sort packages in accordance to drop off points.
  • Determined efficient delivery routes by evaluating current and past data to decrease potential delays.

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