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Working As A Pick Up And 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

  • $46,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Pick Up And 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 Pick Up And 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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Pick Up And Delivery Driver Career Paths

Pick Up And Delivery Driver
Delivery Driver Technician Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Specialist Team Leader
General Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Specialist Account Executive
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Foreman Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Foreman Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Foreman Assistant Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Electrician Supervisor
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Field Service Technician Project Manager
Delivery Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Electrician Owner/Operator
Operator And Truck Driver
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver/Warehouse Technician Operation Supervisor
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver/Warehouse Technician Maintenance Supervisor
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver/Warehouse Maintenance Technician Shop Foreman
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Transportation Driver Emergency Medical Technician Operation Supervisor
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Transportation Driver Mail Clerk Logistics Coordinator
Driver Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Transportation Driver Electrician Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Driver Tank Driver
Lead Driver
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Truck Driver Tank Driver
Professional Truck Driver
7 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Class A Tank Driver Professional Truck Driver
Flatbed Truck Driver
6 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Class A Driving Instructor Driver Manager
Dispatch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
p & D Driver 4.1 years
City Driver 4.0 years
Route Driver 3.5 years
Warehouse/Driver 3.3 years
Line Haul Driver 3.2 years
Driver 3.1 years
Commercial Driver 2.8 years
Contract Driver 2.7 years
Local Truck Driver 2.5 years
Deliver Driver 2.2 years
Delivery Driver 2.2 years
Seasonal Driver 1.0 years
Top Careers Before Pick Up And Delivery Driver
Driver 13.9%
Truck Driver 10.0%
Cashier 4.9%
Manager 3.4%
Supervisor 3.0%
Stocker 2.7%
Bus Driver 2.7%
Top Careers After Pick Up And Delivery Driver
Driver 19.0%
Cashier 2.9%
Manager 2.2%

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Pick Up And Delivery Driver Demographics

Gender

Male

81.2%

Unknown

12.0%

Female

6.8%
Ethnicity

White

64.0%

Hispanic or Latino

16.0%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

78.9%

Hebrew

5.3%

Arabic

5.3%

Vietnamese

5.3%

French

5.3%
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Pick Up And Delivery Driver Education

Schools

The Academy

10.5%

University of Phoenix

8.8%

Central Piedmont Community College

7.0%

Universal Technical Institute

7.0%

Herkimer County Community College

5.3%

Miami Dade College

5.3%

Amarillo College

5.3%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

5.3%

University of Maryland - Eastern Shore

5.3%

Kellogg Community College

5.3%

Chaffey College

3.5%

All-State Career School

3.5%

Los Angeles Trade Technical College

3.5%

King's College

3.5%

Diesel Driving Academy

3.5%

Central Georgia Technical College

3.5%

San Jose State University

3.5%

American River College

3.5%

A-Technical College

3.5%

Community College of the Air Force

3.5%
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Majors

Business

21.2%

Criminal Justice

11.2%

General Studies

7.5%

Education

6.2%

Electrical Engineering

5.8%

Computer Science

5.4%

Automotive Technology

5.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

4.6%

Communication

4.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.3%

Medical Technician

3.3%

Management

2.9%

Supply Chain Management

2.9%

Culinary Arts

2.5%

Precision Metal Working

2.5%

Kinesiology

2.5%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.5%

Liberal Arts

2.1%

Elementary Education

2.1%

Music

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

45.5%

Bachelors

20.1%

Associate

18.6%

Certificate

8.9%

Diploma

4.1%

License

1.8%

Masters

1.0%
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Average Yearly Salary
$46,000
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$29,000
Min 10%
$46,000
Median 50%
$46,000
Median 50%
$46,000
Median 50%
$46,000
Median 50%
$46,000
Median 50%
$46,000
Median 50%
$46,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
United Site Services
Highest Paying City
Berkeley, CA
Highest Paying State
Colorado
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Pick Up And Delivery Driver make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Pick Up And Delivery Driver in the United States is $46,174 per year or $22 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $29,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $72,000.

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Top Skills for A Pick Up And Delivery Driver

  1. Customer Service
  2. Delivery Trucks
  3. Delivery Route
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Exemplified excellent customer service skills while delivering packages to the apparent destination.
  • Maintain delivery trucks in clean and running order.
  • Planned and mapped out delivery route that eliminated excessive driving and gas consumption.
  • Picked all my own auto parts for delivery then delivered around the local area 4 wholesale operation
  • Deliver and pick up freight from different customers in a 45-53ft trailer within an 250 mile radius.

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