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Working As A Delivery Driver/Warehouse

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

  • $31,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Delivery Driver/Warehouse 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 Delivery Driver/Warehouse

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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Delivery Driver/Warehouse Career Paths

Delivery Driver/Warehouse
Delivery Driver Technician Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Specialist Account Executive
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Assistant Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Electrician Supervisor
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Coordinator Production Supervisor
Shipping Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Buyer Project Manager
Delivery Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Buyer Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Route Driver Service Technician Electrician
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Specialist Operation Supervisor
Transportation Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Service Manager
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Electrician Warehouse Manager
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Field Service Technician Warehouse Manager
Route Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Sales Person Team Leader Warehouse Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Shipping And Receiving Coordinator Logistics Coordinator Dispatcher Supervisor
Dispatch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Route Driver CDL Driver Tank Driver
Lead Driver
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Warehouse/Driver 3.3 years
Delivery/Warehouse 2.8 years
Delivery Associate 2.2 years
Deliver Driver 2.2 years
Delivery Driver 2.2 years
Delivery Person 2.0 years
Delivery Assistant 1.7 years
Driver Assistant 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Delivery Driver/Warehouse
Driver 8.5%
Cashier 7.9%
Cook 2.6%
Manager 2.5%
Top Careers After Delivery Driver/Warehouse
Driver 11.5%
Cashier 3.9%
Technician 2.8%
Manager 2.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$31,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$22,000
Min 10%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$31,000
Median 50%
$45,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
IES Holdings Inc.
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does a Delivery Driver/Warehouse make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Delivery Driver/Warehouse in the United States is $31,844 per year or $15 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $22,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $45,000.

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Top Skills for A Delivery Driver/Warehouse

  1. Customer Service
  2. Auto Parts
  3. Hand Trucks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Delivered and set up customers merchandise while interacting with them and providing excellent customer service.
  • Delivered auto parts to various clients in different locations
  • Can operate forklift (not certified), pallet jack, various hand trucks, dollies, etc.
  • Load unload trucks stock Warehouse deliver furniture to apartment setup Apartments communicate with residents
  • Pulled and staged orders for next day delivery, loaded delivery trucks with product, and conducted monthly inventory.

Delivery Driver/Warehouse Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 14,228 Delivery Driver/Warehouse resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Delivery Driver/Warehouse Demographics

Gender

Male

85.5%

Unknown

8.3%

Female

6.1%
Ethnicity

White

62.8%

Hispanic or Latino

17.2%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

5.5%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

78.2%

French

5.3%

Carrier

2.4%

Italian

1.9%

Portuguese

1.9%

Dakota

1.5%

German

1.5%

Bosnian

1.0%

Arabic

1.0%

Turkish

0.5%

Samoan

0.5%

Hindi

0.5%

Russian

0.5%

Thai

0.5%

Occidental

0.5%

Greek

0.5%

Serbian

0.5%

Croatian

0.5%

Chinese

0.5%

Japanese

0.5%
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Delivery Driver/Warehouse Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.4%

The Academy

9.6%

Ashford University

6.7%

Universal Technical Institute

4.9%

Portland Community College

4.7%

Des Moines Area Community College

4.4%

Salt Lake Community College

4.4%

Houston Community College

4.1%

Cape Fear Community College

4.1%

Strayer University

4.1%

Utah Valley University

4.1%

Austin Community College

3.8%

Fresno City College

3.8%

Tidewater Community College

3.5%

Delgado Community College

3.5%

Kirkwood Community College

3.5%

Owens Community College

3.5%

Boise State University

3.5%

A-Technical College

3.5%

College of Lake County

3.2%
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Majors

Business

24.3%

General Studies

11.9%

Criminal Justice

10.1%

Automotive Technology

5.9%

Computer Science

4.2%

Graphic Design

3.9%

Electrical Engineering

3.8%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.4%

Precision Metal Working

3.4%

Education

3.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.1%

Accounting

3.1%

Psychology

3.0%

Communication

2.9%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.7%

Kinesiology

2.5%

Management

2.1%

Computer Networking

2.0%

Information Technology

1.9%
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Degrees

Other

52.3%

Associate

17.5%

Bachelors

16.2%

Certificate

8.5%

Diploma

3.2%

Masters

1.3%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.2%
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