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Working As A Warehouse/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

  • $28,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Warehouse/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 Warehouse/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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Warehouse/Driver Career Paths

Warehouse/Driver
Driver Technician Team Leader
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Driver Foreman Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Driver Technician Field Service Technician
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Foreman Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Foreman Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Technician Production Supervisor
Shipping Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Electrician Supervisor
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Electrician Project Manager
Delivery Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Route Driver Service Technician Electrician
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Route Driver Specialist Operation Supervisor
Transportation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Owner/Operator
Operator And Truck Driver
5 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Specialist Operation Supervisor
Fleet Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Field Service Technician Warehouse Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Route Driver Dispatcher Logistics Coordinator
Driver Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Shop Foreman Warehouse Manager
Route Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Sales Person Team Leader Warehouse Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Specialist Operation Supervisor Dispatcher Supervisor
Dispatch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Material Handler/Forklift Operator Truck Driver Class A Tank Driver
Lead Driver
5 Yearsyrs
Truck Driver Class A Tank Driver Professional Truck Driver
Flatbed Truck Driver
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Warehouse/Driver 3.0 years
Delivery/Warehouse 2.8 years
Delivery Driver 2.2 years
Deliver Driver 2.2 years
Warehouse Employee 1.9 years
Warehouse Labour 1.9 years
Driver Assistant 1.6 years
Top Careers Before Warehouse/Driver
Driver 26.4%
Cashier 6.5%
Manager 2.6%
Supervisor 2.5%
Technician 2.2%
Top Careers After Warehouse/Driver
Driver 36.1%
Cashier 2.6%
Technician 2.4%
Manager 1.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$28,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$22,000
Min 10%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$28,000
Median 50%
$37,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
IES Holdings Inc.
Highest Paying City
Hayward, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Warehouse/Driver make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Warehouse/Driver in the United States is $28,942 per year or $14 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $22,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $37,000.

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Top Skills for A Warehouse/Driver

  1. Delivery Trucks
  2. Customer Service
  3. Unload Trucks
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Warehouse duties and forklift responsibility of offloading and on loading delivery trucks.
  • Warehouse inventory and restocking, delivery driver and provided general customer service.
  • Unload trucks, handle incoming freight, fill orders, inventory, deliver tires, and collect money.
  • Conducted safety inspections and investigated violations to ensure safety procedures were being followed and counseled managers and employees.
  • Operated powered lift trucks, floor sweepers, pallet jacks and forklifts safely, with a 0% incident rate.

Warehouse/Driver Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 14,766 Warehouse/Driver resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Warehouse/Driver Demographics

Gender

Male

84.4%

Unknown

9.5%

Female

6.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

19.5%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

5.5%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

84.0%

French

3.8%

Carrier

3.0%

Japanese

1.7%

Portuguese

1.3%

German

0.8%

Russian

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Danish

0.4%

Chickasaw

0.4%

Turkish

0.4%

Uzbek

0.4%

Hebrew

0.4%

Samoan

0.4%

Norwegian

0.4%

Arabic

0.4%

Italian

0.4%
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Warehouse/Driver Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.8%

The Academy

12.8%

Houston Community College

7.6%

Universal Technical Institute

6.9%

Miami Dade College

4.5%

Triton College

4.3%

San Antonio College

4.0%

Monroe Community College

3.6%

Kaplan University

3.6%

Hudson Valley Community College

3.3%

College of DuPage

3.3%

Gateway Community College

3.1%

Ashworth College

3.1%

Strayer University

3.1%

Liberty University

3.1%

Austin Community College

3.1%

Central Texas College

3.1%

Salt Lake Community College

3.1%

Oakland Community College

2.9%

Remington College

2.9%
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Majors

Business

22.6%

General Studies

11.1%

Criminal Justice

9.1%

Automotive Technology

7.6%

Computer Science

5.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.8%

Electrical Engineering

3.6%

Graphic Design

3.6%

Accounting

3.5%

Education

3.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.2%

Precision Metal Working

3.2%

Communication

2.8%

Management

2.6%

Psychology

2.6%

Liberal Arts

2.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.9%

Information Technology

1.9%

Computer Networking

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

52.6%

Associate

17.8%

Bachelors

13.4%

Certificate

9.3%

Diploma

4.7%

Masters

1.1%

License

0.8%

Doctorate

0.3%
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