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Become A Route Driver

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Working As A Route 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

  • $52,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Route 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 Route 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
Feeder Driver 5.6 years
Route Sales Person 5.0 years
Class B Driver 4.1 years
p & D Driver 4.1 years
Driver Sales 4.0 years
City Driver 4.0 years
Route Sales Driver 3.9 years
Warehouse/Driver 3.3 years
Driver 3.1 years
Route Driver 3.0 years
Deliver Driver 2.2 years
Delivery Driver 2.2 years
Driver Assistant 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Route Driver
Driver 16.7%
Cashier 5.8%
Manager 3.1%
Supervisor 2.9%
Top Careers After Route Driver
Driver 24.0%
Cashier 3.0%
Technician 2.4%
Bus Driver 2.4%
Owner 2.4%

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Route Driver Demographics

Gender

Male

82.6%

Female

9.3%

Unknown

8.1%
Ethnicity

White

65.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

5.5%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

76.9%

Carrier

4.2%

Dakota

2.6%

Portuguese

2.2%

German

2.2%

French

1.9%

Russian

1.6%

Arabic

1.3%

Swedish

1.0%

Tagalog

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Hindi

0.6%

Korean

0.6%

Greek

0.6%

Swahili

0.3%

Cherokee

0.3%

Hmong

0.3%

Filipino

0.3%

Italian

0.3%
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Route Driver Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.4%

The Academy

10.0%

Ashford University

6.3%

Houston Community College

5.3%

A-Technical College

4.4%

Universal Technical Institute

4.1%

Kaplan University

4.0%

Kirkwood Community College

3.9%

All-State Career School

3.9%

Liberty University

3.8%

Central Texas College

3.3%

Saint Cloud State University

3.3%

Vincennes University

3.1%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.1%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.1%

Community College of the Air Force

3.0%

Sinclair Community College

3.0%

Fox Valley Technical College

3.0%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

27.6%

General Studies

10.9%

Criminal Justice

9.8%

Automotive Technology

4.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

4.8%

Computer Science

4.1%

Accounting

4.1%

Education

4.0%

Management

3.3%

Electrical Engineering

3.2%

Graphic Design

3.2%

Communication

3.0%

Psychology

2.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.4%

Information Technology

2.1%

Precision Metal Working

2.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Medical Assisting Services

1.8%

Heating And Air Conditioning

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

48.8%

Bachelors

18.3%

Associate

17.8%

Certificate

8.2%

Diploma

3.5%

Masters

1.9%

License

1.2%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$32,000
Min 10%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
Median 50%
$52,000
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Highest Paying City
San Jose, CA
Highest Paying State
Nevada
Avg Experience Level
3.5 years
How much does a Route Driver make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Route Driver in the United States is $52,477 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $32,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $85,000.

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Top Skills for A Route Driver

  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Customer Service
  3. Company Vehicle
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated delivery trucks for distribution of Budweiser products.
  • Route Driver/Merchandiser/Customer Service filled and maintained kiosks on a weekly static route Regularly had interactions with customers Changed art work following plan-o-grams
  • Drive company vehicle in accordance with designated route completing all assigned customer pickups.
  • Participated in weekly management and supervisor, for purposes of regulating safety standards and required equipment certifications.
  • Demonstrated quality customer service throughout the delivery route.

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