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Become A Driver Assistant

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Working As A Driver Assistant

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

  • $35,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Driver Assistant 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 Driver Assistant

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
Dispatcher/Driver 4.1 years
Route Driver 3.5 years
Warehouse/Driver 3.3 years
Driver 3.1 years
Delivery Driver 2.2 years
Delivery Associate 2.2 years
Deliver Driver 2.2 years
Driver Assistant 2.0 years
Parts Driver 1.9 years
Seasonal Driver 1.0 years
Top Careers Before Driver Assistant
Cashier 15.5%
Driver 7.9%
Assistant 5.0%
Internship 3.9%
Cook 3.4%
Volunteer 3.1%
Server 2.9%
Top Careers After Driver Assistant
Driver 12.9%
Cashier 9.7%
Assistant 3.8%
Internship 2.9%
Server 2.8%
Technician 2.5%

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Driver Assistant Demographics

Gender

Male

72.8%

Female

15.2%

Unknown

12.0%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

18.9%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

78.8%

French

4.8%

German

1.9%

Polish

1.9%

Russian

1.4%

Italian

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Arabic

1.4%

Portuguese

1.0%

Chinese

1.0%

Turkish

0.5%

Hmong

0.5%

Hindi

0.5%

Mandarin

0.5%

Sanskrit

0.5%

Indonesian

0.5%

Ukrainian

0.5%

Georgian

0.5%

Norwegian

0.5%

Thai

0.5%
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Driver Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.6%

The Academy

11.9%

Ohio University -

8.4%

Suffolk County Community College

6.8%

Nassau Community College

4.6%

Miami Dade College

4.3%

Everest Institute

4.1%

Long Beach City College

3.8%

Pima Community College

3.8%

Universal Technical Institute

3.8%

Tennessee State University

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

University of Central Florida

3.5%

Apex Technical School

3.5%

Essex County College

3.5%

Georgia Southern University

3.3%

Towson University

3.3%

Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York

3.3%

Houston Community College

3.0%

Community College of Philadelphia

3.0%
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Majors

Business

26.0%

Criminal Justice

10.1%

General Studies

8.3%

Liberal Arts

4.7%

Psychology

4.4%

Computer Science

4.1%

Automotive Technology

4.1%

Accounting

4.0%

Medical Assisting Services

3.7%

Kinesiology

3.4%

Communication

3.3%

Education

3.2%

Management

3.2%

Health Care Administration

2.8%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Marketing

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Finance

2.4%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

Political Science

2.2%
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Degrees

Other

41.9%

Bachelors

28.5%

Associate

15.3%

Certificate

7.3%

Diploma

3.0%

Masters

3.0%

License

0.7%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Average Yearly Salary
$35,000
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$23,000
Min 10%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
Median 50%
$35,000
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$35,000
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Median 50%
$52,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Tesla
Highest Paying City
Los Altos, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
1.6 years
How much does a Driver Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Driver Assistant in the United States is $35,112 per year or $17 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $23,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $52,000.

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Top Skills for A Driver Assistant

  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Package Delivery
  3. Dispatch Drivers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Unloaded delivery trucks and trailers at main sorting facility maintained electronic data inventory records.
  • Provide professional customer service to customers when making package delivery.
  • Dispatch drivers for deliveries of equipment as well as pick up of equipment.
  • Provided exceptional customer service during course of deliveries while building and maintaining a professional relationship with each customer.
  • Follow all security and safety procedures established by company and branch.

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