What does a Delivery Driver do?

Delivery drivers collect items from one location to transport them to a different destination. They transport items ranging from food to furnishings and may deliver to businesses or the public. Working with a route and a time schedule, delivery drivers pick up and drop off items while being mindful of timeliness. They load, transport, and deliver items to a client or a business. They review orders before and after delivery to ensure an order is complete and that charges are correct.

Delivery drivers assist with loading and unloading items from the vehicles and sometimes accepting payment for delivered items. They operate equipment and machines including cars, trucks, or a forklift and prepare reports and other documents relating to their deliveries. They abide by all transportation laws and maintain a clean and safe driving record while adhering to assigned routes and following time schedules. Delivery drivers provide excellent customer service by answering any questions and handling any clients’ complaints. Delivery drivers need a high school diploma or equivalency, including a GED and a valid driver's license issued by the state where they work alongside a clean driving record.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.4 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
2.9 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Delivery Driver Salaries

Average Base Pay

$2,012 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$2K
Median: $2K
$4K
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Delivery Driver Career Path

Learn how to become a Delivery Driver, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Delivery Driver
$36,000/yr
L3
Delivery Driver III
No Salary Reports
L4
Delivery Driver IV
No Salary Reports
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Delivery Driver Insights

Read what Delivery Driver professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
UPSUPS
Courier
2 Nov 2020

“Never knowing when you'll be done and unless you have a good supervisor Goodluck if you have issues”

Takeaway.comTakeaway.com
Food Delivery Driver
4 May 2020

“Not many cons as it is a very simple job with a pretty good pay.”

PostmatesPostmates
Delivery Driver
13 Apr 2021

“You can log on and off whenever you want which is really good for students.”

REA GroupREA Group
Delivery Lead
6 Aug 2021

“Software development standards are well defined and you get to learn industry's best practices and methodologies.”

DoorDashDoorDash
DoorDash Delivery Driver
10 Nov 2021

“Being able to schedule ahead during promo times and having guaranteed promo rates is pretty great.”

Donatos Pizzeria
Delivery Driver
5 Jan 2020

“The management was terrible and I enjoyed the job despite them not because of them.”

UPSUPS
Personal Vehicle Delivery Driver
18 Jan 2021

“The schedule was very flexible and I could choose however many hours I wanted/needed to work.”

SkipTheDishesSkipTheDishes
Courier
29 Oct 2021

“You work with some fantastic people and you get to work with them quite well.”

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Delivery Driver Interviews

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a delivery driver

When working as a delivery driver, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Customer Service, CDL Hazmat, Box Truck, Load Unload and Enthusiasm.

The most similar professions to delivery driver are:
  • Bus Driver
  • Driver
  • School Bus Driver
  • Truck Driver

The most common qualifications to become a delivery driver is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.