|Quick Facts: Delivery Truck Drivers and Driver/Sales Workers|
$28,390 per year
$13.65 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|Short-term on-the-job training|
|4% (Slower than average)|
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 gross vehicle weight (GVW)—the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo—of 26,000 pounds or less. Most of the time, delivery truck drivers transport merchandise from a distribution center to businesses and households.
Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers have a physically demanding job. Driving a truck for long periods can be tiring. When loading and unloading cargo, drivers do a lot of lifting, carrying, and walking.
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.
The median annual wage for driver/sales workers was $22,830 in May 2016.
The median annual wage for light truck or delivery services drivers was $30,580 in May 2016.
Overall employment of delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations. Job applicants with experience and a clean driving record, or who work for a company in another occupation, should have the best job prospects.
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