In the Transportation field, the Delivery Driver’s job focusses mostly on the transportation and delivery of various light goods and products. These professionals drive motorcycles, automobiles, vans, small trucks, and bicycles to pick up, carry, and deliver packages. Delivery Drivers are hired by all sorts of companies and agencies offering delivery services. The most common employers are postal offices and messenger services, as well as package and parcel delivery companies. Other employers include drug stores, newspapers, restaurants and other food establishments, and dry cleaners.
Delivery Drivers work by following pre-established routes that guarantee the delivery of their packages in the least amount of time possible. They also use various types of equipment to catalog, run inventory, and keep track of all packages. They often require the recipient to sign a form to acknowledge reception of the package.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Delivery Drivers are required to complete.
- Loading packages to be delivered:
- Verifying the list of packages against shipping papers;
- checking packages’ information and specifications; and
- loading packages while taking special care of fragile parcels.
- Establishing the best route to deliver packages:
- Reading maps and checking delivery addresses;
- analyzing all possible routes; and
- deciding on the most time-efficient route.
- Inspecting vehicles prior to departure:
- Checking gas, oil, and cooling fluid levels;
- checking for malfunctioning parts; and
- checking breaks, wipers, and lights.
- Driving vehicles and following pre-established routes:
- Adhering to traffic laws and regulations;
- using GPS when necessary; and
- parking at designated areas to deliver packages.
- Delivering packages:
- Handing packages to the designated person;
- taking back packages when delivery is not possible;
- collecting signed receipts, if any; and
- charging fares when necessary.
- Keeping record of all delivered packages:
- Documenting all delivered packages with their information;
- turning in reports of delivery to headquarters;
- returning packages that weren’t possible to deliver; and
- having a personal record that includes fares, profits, working/rest periods, busy places, and crowded roads.
- Reporting emergencies, delays, or accidents:
- Notifying headquarters of any incident and requesting assistance when necessary.
- Making minor repairs to the vehicle:
- Changing tires when necessary; and
- adding cooling fuel when necessary.
- Inspecting vehicle prior to departure.
- Reporting any malfunction or repairs.
- Verifying a list of packages to deliver.
- Ensuring all packages are loaded to the vehicle.
- Verifying addresses and routes.
- Driving vehicle while adhering to traffic laws and regulations.
- Delivering packages and collecting signed receipts.
- Returning packages to sender when delivery is unsuccessful.
- Keeping records of all deliveries and returns.
- Reporting all emergencies and accidents.
The average Delivery Driver salary in USA is $50,742 per year or $26 per hour. This is around 1.8 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $36,000 while most experienced workers make up to $71,000. These results are based on 27,078 salaries extracted from job descriptions.
- Exceptional mechanical and driving skills:
- Respecting traffic laws and regulations;
- displaying outstanding levels of alertness so as to be aware of their surroundings, as well as to be able to identify and prevent risks and avoid accidents;
- staying alert and awake during long hours while driving;
- monitoring the status of the vehicle; and
- being able to perform minor mechanical maintenance or repair tasks, as needed.
- High levels of self-reliance and resourcefulness:
- Working with minimum supervision.
- Good physical condition and stamina:
- Being able to endure long routes;
- enduring different types of climate and weather conditions; and
- having the necessary physical strength to operate a vehicle, as well as to load and unload packages; and
- having good eyesight, especially when working at night; and
- Great stress and time management skills:
- Working according to pre-established schedules; and
- arriving at destinations in a timely manner.
- Interpersonal and communication skills:
- Interacting with package recipients; and
- liaising with employers and customers.
- Mathematical and directional skills:
- Calculating hours of departure and arrival;
- designing a time-efficient route; and
- charging fares to recipients when necessary.
- High levels of honesty, integrity, and reliability.
Opportunities for jobs as a Delivery Driver are abundant in both the public and private sectors. Most Delivery Driver positions require a minimum of 1 to 5 years of work experience. The minimum educational requirement to apply for a job as a Delivery Driver is to have completed secondary school education. Nevertheless, possessing a college or university diploma can greatly increase an applicant’s chances to be hired. All aspirants must possess the necessary commercial driver’s license to operate the type of vehicle they intend to drive. Depending on their weights, small trucks and vans require a class 1 (0 to 6,000 pound), class 2 (6,001 to 10,000 pounds) or class 3 (10,001 to 14,000 pounds) license. In addition to the necessary license, applicants must possess clean driving and criminal records, as well as a medical certificate to guarantee that they can safely drive a car.
Training on using specialized equipment for inventory and route calculations are usually provided by the employer. Road regulations, job safety, and ways to carry heavy loads are part of a Deliver Driver's training.
Additionally, depending on the company or establishment, Delivery Drivers are offered a job vehicle to carry out their job. However, if not, they need to have a personal car.
Delivery Drivers may sometimes work during early mornings or late nights, weekends, and even national holidays depending on the necessities of their employer and their customers. Furthermore, they are likely to work more than 50 hours a week.
It can also be considered a stressful job, due to the different kinds of clients Delivery Drivers have to deal with and the delivery deadlines that need to be met.