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How to Become a

Delivery Driver

The complete career guide to be a Delivery Driver: salary, job growth, employers, best schools, and education you may need to get started.

Why We Love It

  • $27,890
    Potential Avg. Salary
  • 4.7%
    Job Growth Rate
  • Growing Demand
    Job Outlook
  • Don't Take Work Home
    Career Attribute

Delivery drivers transport packages, food, and goods to customers. Delivery drivers transport a variety of items: they may deliver food from restaurants, groceries from a grocery store, packages from a shipping company, flowers from a florist, or shipments of goods from one business to another.


What is a Delivery Driver?

The following job responsibilities are common for individuals in delivery driver roles:

  • Transport food, goods, packages, and other items from one location to another
  • Collect payments for delivered goods or acquire a signature for acknowledgement of goods received for later invoicing by company representatives
  • Load and unload company or personal vehicles with delivery goods
  • Deliver items to a variety of addresses in differing weather and driving conditions

A Day in the Life

Delivery drivers spend the largest part of their day transporting items from one location to another. In some positions—like package delivery—drivers load an entire day’s worth of deliveries into a truck at the beginning of a shift and spend the rest of the day making deliveries. In other positions—like food delivery drivers—a shift will consist of going back and forth between your place of employment and delivery residences throughout your shift.

Delivery drivers who operate company vehicles may also be responsible for cleaning vehicles after shifts. Delivery drivers who make deliveries using their own vehicles may be responsible for conducting routine maintenance on their vehicles in order to ensure cars don’t break down or experience issues while on deliveries. Drivers may also be responsible for accepting payments for delivered goods and making change from payments, or they may need to get a delivery statement signed after a delivery.

Most delivery drivers make deliveries within a small radius around or near their place of employment. Unlike truck drivers, delivery drivers rarely—if ever—are required to travel outside of their own community to execute their job responsibilities. Delivery drivers may be required to make deliveries in unfavorable driving conditions at times as items still need to be delivered regardless of weather conditions like ice, snow, heavy rain, and dense fog.

Typical Work Schedule

Delivery drivers are commonly required to work all shifts—first, second, and third—and often work both weekends and holidays.

Projected Job Growth

The last decade has seen a huge surge in home delivery services. More companies are offering delivery for common items like groceries, and restaurant delivery services are allowing customers to get food delivered from any restaurant. These popular services are creating an increasing demand for individuals to fill delivery driver roles.

Delivery Driver Specializations

  • Restaurant delivery drivers transport food from restaurants to consumer homes. Restaurant drivers may work for a specific restaurant that offers delivery services, or they may work for a service like UberEats that delivers food to consumers from a variety of restaurants.
  • Package delivery drivers work for companies like Amazon, UPS, FedEx, and DHL and deliver packages from a distribution hub to consumer homes.
  • Grocery delivery drivers transport groceries from the store in refrigerated trucks to consumer homes and may also help consumers get groceries into their homes after unloading orders.
  • B2B delivery drivers transport goods between local businesses. These drivers operate small company trucks and take deliveries from one local business to another. For example, a local produce warehouse may employ delivery drivers to transport goods to local restaurants.

Typical Employers

Top employers for restaurant delivery drivers include popular pizza chains like Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, and Domino’s Pizza and delivery services like UberEats, Takeout Taxi, Postmates, and Eat24. Popular package delivery services that hire drivers include UPS, FedEx, DHL, and Amazon. Additionally, many grocery stores, florists, and local distributors hire drivers to transport goods to customers.


How To Become a Delivery Driver

If you’re making deliveries using your own vehicle, no formal education is needed. Simply having a valid driver’s license and the required auto insurance coverage is sufficient for working as a delivery driver when operating a personal vehicle. A history of working as a driver of any type—either a delivery driver or taxi/Uber driver—and a working knowledge of the area can qualify you for delivery driver positions. Applicants will also need to have a clean driving record to prove that they’re responsible drivers.

To operate a company vehicle or larger truck, you may need to have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). A CDL is also required if you plan to move into a career as a truck driver in the future and transport goods in semi-trucks across long distances. Additionally, if loading your vehicle requires operation of a forklift, you may need to become certified as a forklift operator to perform your job responsibilities.


Delivery Driver Salary Data

We’ve provided you the following to learn more about this career. The salary and growth data on this page comes from recently published Bureau of Labor Statistics data while the recommendations and editorial content are based on our research.

National Anual Salary

Low Range

$18,740

Average

$27,890

High Range

$47,410

National Hourly Wage

Low Range

$9/hr

Average

$13/hr

High Range

$23/hr

How do Delivery Driver salaries stack up to other jobs across the country? Based on the latest jobs data nationwide, Delivery Driver's can make an average annual salary of $27,890, or $13 per hour. This makes it an Above Average Salary. On the lower end, they can make $18,740 or $9 per hour, perhaps when just starting out or based on the state you live in.

Salary Rankings And Facts

  • #730 Nationally for All Careers


Highest Education Among Delivery Drivers

  • 0.2%   Doctorate
  • 0.7%   Masters
  • 4.8%   Bachelors
  • 5.6%   Associates
  • 22.7%   College
  • 48.2%   High School
  • 17.8%   Less than High School

Job Growth Projections and Forecast

2014 Total Jobs

445,300

2024 Est. Jobs

466,100

Job Growth Rate

4.7%

Est. New Jobs

20,800

How does Delivery Driver job growth stack up to other jobs across the country? By 2024, there will be a change of 20,800 jobs for a total of 466,100 people employed in the career nationwide. This is a 4.7% change in growth over the next ten years, giving the career a growth rate nationwide of Below Average.

Growth Rankings And Facts

  • #449 Nationally for All Careers


What Companies Employ The Most Delivery Drivers

Industry Current Jobs New Jobs Needed % Increase
Grocery and related product wholesalers 70,300 3,000 3%
Self-employed workers 35,000 800 1%
Full-service restaurants 27,700 1,400 1%

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