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Working As a Service Vending 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

  • $33,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Service Vending 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 Service Vending 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 Yearly Salary
$33,000
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$26,000
Min 10%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$33,000
Median 50%
$41,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
PepsiCo
Highest Paying City
Fargo, ND
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Service Vending Driver make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Service Vending Driver in the United States is $33,226 per year or $16 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $26,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $41,000.

Top Skills for A Service Vending Driver

  1. Customer Service
  2. Company Vehicle
  3. Hand Trucks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained quality Customer service relationships.
  • Delivered /picked up merchandise to/from appropriate customers/suppliers using the company vehicle while ensuring that delivery receipts are signed by the customer.
  • Operate warehouse equipment like forklifts, hand trucks, dollies and pallet jacks.
  • Operate and maintain trucks requiring a class A CDL license safely.
  • Delivered products to various location safely under DOT regulations.

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Top 10 Best States for Service Vending Drivers

  1. Wisconsin
  2. Nebraska
  3. Oregon
  4. Mississippi
  5. Kansas
  6. Arizona
  7. North Dakota
  8. New Jersey
  9. Alaska
  10. Alabama
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Service Vending Driver Demographics

Gender

Male

77.3%

Unknown

14.4%

Female

8.3%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

18.8%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

5.7%

Unknown

4.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Service Vending Driver Education

Schools

Central Washington University

8.6%

University of Oklahoma

8.6%

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

5.7%

Jefferson State Community College

5.7%

Brigham Young University

5.7%

City Colleges of Chicago-Harold Washington College

5.7%

Kaplan University

5.7%

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

5.7%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

5.7%

Lamar University

5.7%

Houston Community College

5.7%

University of Phoenix

5.7%

Ashland Community and Technical College

5.7%

New Jersey City University

2.9%

Eastern Michigan University

2.9%

Baton Rouge Community College

2.9%

Texas Southern University

2.9%

Kent State University at Tuscarawas

2.9%

Hibbing Community College

2.9%

MacMurray College

2.9%
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Majors

Business

16.7%

General Studies

12.7%

Criminal Justice

8.8%

Accounting

7.8%

Graphic Design

4.9%

Electrical Engineering

4.9%

Education

4.9%

Hospitality Management

3.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.9%

Communication

3.9%

Psychology

2.9%

Medical Technician

2.9%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Precision Metal Working

2.9%

Medical Assisting Services

2.9%

Petroleum Engineering

2.9%

Engineering

2.9%

English

2.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.0%

Human Resources Management

2.0%
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Degrees

Other

52.8%

Bachelors

19.5%

Associate

15.7%

Certificate

5.7%

Diploma

3.8%

Masters

1.9%

License

0.6%
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