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Working As A Delivery Truck 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

  • $28,798

    Average Salary

What Does A Delivery Truck 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 Delivery Truck 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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Delivery Truck Driver Career Paths

Delivery Truck Driver
Tractor-Trailer Driver Delivery Driver Front Desk Agent
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Class A Driver/Owner Operator Delivery Driver
Delivery Driver, Contractor
7 Yearsyrs
Haul Truck Driver Heavy Equipment Operator Project Manager
Delivery Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Sales Person Security Officer Dispatcher
Dispatch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Sales Person Forklift Operator Warehouse Manager
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Driver
Driver Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Operator Truck Driver Driver
Driver Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Driver
Driver/Owner Operator
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Truck Driver Dispatcher
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Haul Truck Driver Dump Truck Driver Foreman
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Class A Dump Truck Driver Delivery Driver
Lead Driver
5 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Driver Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Delivery Driver Equipment Operator
Operator And Truck Driver
5 Yearsyrs
CDL Class A Driver Yard Jockey Route Driver
Route Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Instructor Trainer
Training Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Tractor-Trailer Driver Heavy Equipment Operator Driver
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
CDL Class A Driver Local Driver Route Driver
Transportation Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Heavy Equipment Operator Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Truck Driver 3.7 years
Semi Truck Driver 3.5 years
Route Driver 3.1 years
Driver 2.6 years
Tank Truck Driver 2.5 years
Local Truck Driver 2.3 years
Dump Truck Driver 2.1 years
Delivery Driver 2.0 years
Shag Truck Driver 1.8 years
Top Employers Before
Truck Driver 23.1%
Driver 9.0%
Cashier 2.9%
Cook 2.4%
Top Employers After
Truck Driver 24.1%
Driver 12.6%
Bus Driver 2.4%
Owner 2.2%

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Delivery Truck Driver Demographics

Gender

Male

92.7%

Female

6.1%

Unknown

1.1%
Ethnicity

White

62.0%

Hispanic or Latino

17.6%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

74.6%

Portuguese

6.3%

Italian

4.8%

Carrier

3.2%

Swahili

1.6%

Chinese

1.6%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Bosnian

1.6%

Cheyenne

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Serbian

1.6%
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Delivery Truck Driver Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.6%

Liberty University

8.5%

Houston Community College

6.4%

Tyler Junior College

5.3%

Kirkwood Community College

5.3%

Kaplan University

5.3%

Ashford University

4.3%

Camden County College

4.3%

Vincennes University

4.3%

Hinds Community College

4.3%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

Monroe Community College

4.3%

San Juan College

4.3%

Grand Valley State University

4.3%

Community College of the Air Force

4.3%

Anne Arundel Community College

4.3%

Baker College

4.3%

Lincoln Technical Institute

4.3%

Front Range Community College

4.3%

Ashworth College

4.3%
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Majors

Business

19.5%

General Studies

9.0%

Criminal Justice

8.4%

Automotive Technology

7.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

6.5%

Education

4.7%

Accounting

4.6%

Computer Science

4.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.9%

Precision Metal Working

3.9%

Graphic Design

3.3%

Management

3.2%

Kinesiology

3.0%

Communication

3.0%

Electrical Engineering

2.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.6%

Industrial Technology

2.5%

Drafting And Design

2.3%

Psychology

2.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

48.9%

Bachelors

17.1%

Associate

14.6%

Certificate

11.8%

Diploma

3.5%

Masters

2.7%

License

1.3%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Real Delivery Truck Driver Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Fuel Delivery Truck Driver Diesel Dogs Fuel Service MN Apr 01, 2015 $45,768
Fuel Delivery Truck Driver Diesel Dogs Fuel Service Saint Paul, MN Apr 27, 2016 $45,664
Driver, Delivery Truck Pacific Trellis Fruits, LLC Los Angeles, CA Sep 27, 2012 $39,090
Truck Driver Light or Delivery Services J. Roberts, Inc. Chantilly, VA May 18, 2009 $33,684
Truck Driver, Delivery J & S Pastries, Inc. Paterson, NJ Jul 17, 2008 $32,182
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services The Furniture Store of Milford, Inc. Milford, CT Aug 27, 2009 $31,180
Delivery Truck Driver Joe & Son Appliance Center, Inc. MA May 01, 2013 $30,804
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services S and Y Trucking New York, NY Feb 06, 2009 $30,220
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services Sodexo Operations LLC NJ Aug 25, 2011 $30,032
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Service Maison Culinaire, Inc. Sterling, VA Aug 25, 2008 $28,237
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services Perfect Settings LLC Landover, MD Oct 21, 2010 $27,486
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services Perfect Settings LLC Landover, MD Aug 30, 2010 $27,486
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services Starplast, Inc. New York, NY Oct 21, 2008 $25,211
Truck Drivers, Delivery Services MHL Transport Service Corp. NY Aug 18, 2008 $25,044
Truck Drivers, Ligh or Delivery Services Linehaul Solutions, Inc. D/B/A Direct Hit Logistics Miami, FL Aug 14, 2008 $23,479
CDL Material Delivery Driver Trucking Operations Reece Albert, Inc. TX Feb 04, 2015 $22,394
Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers Reinoso Brothers, Inc. Grayslake, IL Sep 10, 2013 $21,174
Trucks Drivers, Light or Delivery Services Sunco Trading Corp. Chicopee, MA Nov 01, 2007 $20,807
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services J & G Brothers, Inc. Lehigh Acres, FL Mar 07, 2008 $20,724
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services Reinoso Brothers, Inc. Grayslake, IL May 11, 2012 $20,488

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Top Skills for A Delivery Truck Driver

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  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Customer Service
  3. Furniture
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  • Experience with multiple compartment delivery trucks and ensuring that the correct fluid is being delivered at the correct facility.
  • Maintained excellent customer service while delivering products in a timely and professional manner both to businesses and home customers.
  • Delivered office furniture to various companies and businesses throughout Montgomery and Walker County.
  • Selected the most efficient routes in compliance with delivery instructions and fuel policy.
  • Operated electric and manual pallet jacks safely and accurately.

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Top 10 Best States for Delivery Truck Drivers

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  3. Wyoming
  4. Illinois
  5. Tennessee
  6. Kansas
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  8. Alaska
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