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Become A Delivery Truck Driver

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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

  • $21,000

    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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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 Careers Before Delivery Truck Driver
Truck Driver 23.1%
Driver 9.0%
Cashier 2.9%
Cook 2.4%
Top Careers After Delivery Truck Driver
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 Aug 30, 2010 $27,486
Truck Drivers, Light or Delivery Services Perfect Settings LLC Landover, MD Oct 21, 2010 $27,486

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Delivery Truck Driver

Average Yearly Salary
$21,000
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$16,000
Min 10%
$21,000
Median 50%
$21,000
Median 50%
$21,000
Median 50%
$21,000
Median 50%
$21,000
Median 50%
$21,000
Median 50%
$21,000
Median 50%
$26,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
PepsiCo
Highest Paying City
Kahului, HI
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Delivery Truck Driver make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Delivery Truck Driver in the United States is $21,217 per year or $10 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $16,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $26,000.

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Top Skills for A Delivery Truck Driver

  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Customer Service
  3. Vehicle Logs
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Loaded delivery trucks with appropriate merchandise, unloaded when necessary, and counted inventory under minimal supervision.
  • Provided high quality customer service to optimize customer purchasing and paying process.
  • Maintained records, such as vehicle logs, records of cargo, or billing statements, in accordance with regulations.
  • Followed all safety regulations and precautions.
  • Operated electric and manual pallet jacks safely and accurately.

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Top 10 Best States for Delivery Truck Drivers

  1. Oregon
  2. North Dakota
  3. Wyoming
  4. Illinois
  5. Tennessee
  6. Kansas
  7. Montana
  8. Alaska
  9. Minnesota
  10. Washington
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