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Working As A Pizza Delivery Driver

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Stressful

  • $20,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Pizza 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 Pizza 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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Average Length of Employment
Driver 3.1 years
Delivery Driver 2.2 years
Deliver Driver 2.2 years
Delivery Person 2.0 years
Delivery Expert 1.5 years
Pizza Delivery 1.5 years
Pizza Driver 1.4 years
Pizza Maker 1.4 years
Top Careers Before Pizza Delivery Driver
Cashier 20.7%
Server 6.1%
Cook 4.7%
Stocker 3.1%
Manager 2.8%
Driver 2.6%
Waitress 2.5%
Internship 2.5%
Volunteer 2.5%
Assistant 2.2%
Top Careers After Pizza Delivery Driver
Cashier 14.1%
Server 5.9%
Driver 5.9%
Cook 4.6%
Manager 3.5%
Associate 2.5%
Internship 2.5%
Line Cook 2.3%
Stocker 2.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$20,000
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$17,000
Min 10%
$20,000
Median 50%
$20,000
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
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Median 50%
$25,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Omni Hotels & Resorts
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
1.3 years
How much does a Pizza Delivery Driver make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Pizza Delivery Driver in the United States is $20,689 per year or $10 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $17,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $25,000.

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Real Pizza Delivery Driver Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Pizza Delivery Driver Pacpizza, LLC Feb 23, 2016 $25,480
Pizza Delivery Driver Pacpizza, LLC May 19, 2016 $25,480
Pizza Delivery Driver Pacpizza, LLC Feb 17, 2016 $25,480
Pizza Delivery Driver Pacpizza, LLC Feb 19, 2016 $25,480
Pizza Delivery Driver Pacpizza, LLC Feb 22, 2016 $25,480
Pizza Delivery Driver Pacpizza, LLC Feb 24, 2016 $25,480
Pizza Delivery Driver Pacpizza, LLC Feb 29, 2016 $25,480
Pizza Delivery Driver Pacpizza, LLC Jan 03, 2016 $25,480
Pizza Delivery Driver Pacpizza, LLC Nov 03, 2016 $25,480
Pizza Delivery Driver Pacpizza, LLC Mar 29, 2016 $21,466
Pizza Delivery Driver Pacpizza, LLC Sep 11, 2015 $21,466
Pizza Delivery Driver Pacpizza, LLC Sep 11, 2015 $20,405
Pizza Delivery Driver Pacpizza, LLC Sep 16, 2015 $20,405
Pizza Delivery Driver Pacpizza, LLC Sep 11, 2015 $20,405
Pizza Delivery Driver Pacpizza, LLC Sep 18, 2015 $20,405
Pizza Delivery Driver Pacpizza, LLC Sep 11, 2015 $20,405
Pizza Delivery Driver Pacpizza, LLC Apr 18, 2016 $20,405
Pizza Delivery Driver Pacpizza, LLC Oct 05, 2016 $20,405
Pizza Delivery Driver Pacpizza, LLC Oct 05, 2016 $20,405

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Top Skills for A Pizza Delivery Driver

  1. Pizza HUT
  2. Customer Service
  3. Multiple Pizza Deliveries
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Drive to designated locations to deliver food and beverage products in association with Pizza Hut.
  • Maintained High Quality product and customer service during very-high volume, constantly fast-paced environment as well as obstacles during delivery experience.
  • Prepared multiple pizza deliveries for each run, delivering on time and safely.
  • Conducted all daily operations including customer service, food preparation, food delivery.
  • Ensured that the highest standards of cleanliness for all kitchen areas were maintained.

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Top 10 Best States for Pizza Delivery Drivers

  1. Vermont
  2. Wisconsin
  3. Oregon
  4. Nebraska
  5. Alaska
  6. North Dakota
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Massachusetts
  9. Mississippi
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Pizza Delivery Driver Demographics

Gender

Male

70.1%

Female

26.1%

Unknown

3.8%
Ethnicity

White

65.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.3%

Black or African American

11.0%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.3%

French

7.6%

Russian

4.1%

Japanese

4.1%

Italian

2.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

German

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Mandarin

2.3%

Vietnamese

1.8%

Swedish

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Bulgarian

1.2%

Armenian

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Korean

0.6%

Bosnian

0.6%

Lithuanian

0.6%

Catalan

0.6%
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Pizza Delivery Driver Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

7.5%

Full Sail University

7.5%

Youngstown State University

7.5%

University of Akron

6.0%

Texas A&M University

5.3%

University of North Texas

4.5%

Illinois State University

4.5%

Arizona State University

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Joliet Junior College

4.5%

University of Maine

4.5%

Delgado Community College

4.5%

Pittsburgh Technical Institute

4.5%

Eastern Michigan University

4.5%

University of Florida

4.5%

Front Range Community College

4.5%

Austin Community College

4.5%

Kaplan University

4.5%

Northern Arizona University

3.8%

Montgomery College

3.8%
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Majors

Business

18.0%

Criminal Justice

9.8%

General Studies

8.5%

Automotive Technology

6.6%

Computer Science

6.4%

Psychology

5.7%

Nursing

4.8%

Accounting

4.3%

Graphic Design

3.8%

Biology

3.4%

Communication

3.4%

Liberal Arts

3.2%

Culinary Arts

3.0%

Kinesiology

3.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.8%

Precision Metal Working

2.8%

Music

2.7%

Electrical Engineering

2.6%

Medical Assisting Services

2.6%

Information Technology

2.6%
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Degrees

High School Diploma

46.8%

Bachelors

22.2%

Associate

15.8%

Diploma

7.6%

Certificate

5.7%

Masters

1.3%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.0%
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