Accepting a Private Chauffer Job Offer

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Limo D in Saint Paul, Minnesota

72 months ago

How much should I be making? The offer was for 45K per year with benefits.

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KD in Chicago, Illinois

70 months ago

Check out Salary dot com. The information they list for people doing my job here in Chicago seems to be pretty accurate. Your post is rather vague, in that you don't mention working for a corporation, a family, etc. Nor, does it include any mention of OT compensation on top of the salary. I had 2 jobs that were salaried AND paid OT.

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G.SAVINO@sprintblackbery.net

62 months ago

Russell Crowley in Brooklyn, New York said: 75,000.00 with Full Benefits and Allowances.

My name is gary savino I would love to work for company I am reliable respectfull and never late I would love to prove my self

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KD in Palatine, Illinois

62 months ago

HPN in Port Chester, New York said: 75K as a private chauffeur is not realistic. Even in the NYC area. Even if you were at their beck and call 24/7. Times are tough these days and even the rich are cutting back. No one is going to pay you 75K just to drive them around. You need to be doing other duties besides driving. Get real.

HPN, each job is different. I'm in Chicago, and have been doing this since the '70's, either working for a corporation, or a private individual/family. When one of these jobs ended in 2001, I was making almost 70,K (salary + OT), and each of my next 2 jobs paid even more. With the exception of my first job, all I've done is primarily drive. LOTS of down-time.

Curious how long you've been doing this, and if you've had more than one position (to compare)?

On the 'flip-side', I just heard of a full-time job in my area with benefits, but only paying 50,K..... An example of how tough times are(?).

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Richie in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

62 months ago

The main problem that i see is that there are alot of wealthy people around still but in order to stay rich they continue to be cheap and as a former NYC police officer they want you to be there for them 24-7 and than when you ask for a raise there crying there asses off.lol If i drive them to the casino & they drop $100k for the night and you drive them back home safely they dont see that crap but when its time to pay you the next morning they are asking you about how many dame hrs did you do that night,give me a fking break i would just say get away from cheap as... like that and work for yourself on a personal level and slowly build your clientel up slowly and you will be be over $125k per year, eventually you will land a job with a wonderful family unless you hit the lottery,lol?

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KD in Palatine, Illinois

62 months ago

Richie in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania said: The main problem that i see is that there are alot of wealthy people around still but in order to stay rich they continue to be cheap and as a former NYC police officer they want you to be there for them 24-7 and than when you ask for a raise there crying there asses off.lol If i drive them to the casino & they drop $100k for the night and you drive them back home safely they dont see that crap but when its time to pay you the next morning they are asking you about how many dame hrs did you do that night,give me a fking break i would just say get away from cheap as... like that and work for yourself on a personal level and slowly build your clientel up slowly and you will be be over $125k per year, eventually you will land a job with a wonderful family unless you hit the lottery,lol?

Richie, yeah, you're in a tough spot. That's how they got the money to begin with, was by not parting with it. I'd say, look around to see who else might be looking to hire someone. In fact, here in Chicago, there is a network of drivers who share job leads. Maybe start one there so you have options. I don't think I can post the website here, but I'll try. It's w ww d ot freewebs do tcom slash cdn411. This might give you a template to work with(?).

While jobs are scarce, I think most of the guys in this network have the inside track because we share these jobs amongst ourselves. There have been a bunch of jobs filled (relatively speaking), including one that I got.

If you find something else, you'll quickly learn if they want to keep you, because you now have their attention. If you haven't been there too long, they might not even care.

Best....

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bnyc in New York, New York

57 months ago

can anyone tell me about Christmas bonus's? I drive for a family- this is my first holiday with them thanks for any info

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KD in Chicago, Illinois

57 months ago

bnyc in New York, New York said: can anyone tell me about Christmas bonus's? I drive for a family- this is my first holiday with them thanks for any info

There's a lot of unknows here, and I don't know that anyone can answer that unless they've actually worked for your employer. If you want to know (based upon previous history, and what they've done in the past), ask others in their employ what THEY've gotten. Your empolyer may do nothing at all - Who knows?

Personally, I wouldn't get my hopes up. If something DOES come your way, accept it graciously, even if it's a 6 month "jelly of the month" subscription.

I hope they're good to you.

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bnyc in New York, New York

57 months ago

thanks for the reply- any comments on having a 6 day work week?

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bnyc in New York, New York

57 months ago

Russell Crowley in Brooklyn, New York said: 75,000.00 with Full Benefits and Allowances.

what is included in allowances?

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KD in Chicago, Illinois

57 months ago

bnyc in New York, New York said: what is included in allowances?

Would guess allowances might include a clothing allowance, or even a car allowance (if you have to drive your car to pick up the company car).

It might also mean that they 'allow' you personal use of the company car if you take it home. Due to the hours I would work, all of my employers have allowed me to take the car home for the past 30+ years, so I sold my personal car because I didn't need it.

There's 'value' here, because if the average cost of a car (buying/leasing, insurance, maintenance, license, etc.) is $3,000 a year (and that's a conservative estimate), that's money I didn't have to spend, and it can add up pretty fast.

Finally, 'allowances' could mean that it is up to the employer, or company to pay all of the incidental expenses (car washes, tolls, parking, etc.), instead of you having to pay for these out of your pocket.... But this is probably not the case.

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KD in Chicago, Illinois

55 months ago

After reviewing this thread, I realized my previous post didn't mention the fact that I was responding to the post made by "Chauffeur Jobs" in NY.

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bern veld in Anaheim, California

52 months ago

Limo D in Saint Paul, Minnesota said: How much should I be making? The offer was for 45K per year with benefits.

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a Private Driver for a family racing team drove RV's, Limo's and Private Boats.
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Pablo Del Rosario in Bronx, New York

45 months ago

Hi I been working in the taxi company for over 7 years and I have clean drivers license record. I'm ready to move up, looking forward into a private driving position. Work hours not a problem.

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Tony

40 months ago

No private chauffeur should go under 75000 a year full benefits Over time paid and bonus it's a lots of responsibility lots of hours you will put min 12 hours a day
So think twice before accepting any lower income than 75 k it should be base 75-90 starting

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Cameron Jolly in Raleigh, North Carolina

37 months ago

My name is Cameron Jolly. I am 18 and I am pursuing a long term career in being a private/personal driver. I know I am younger and have no experience in driving people around but I have to start sometime, somewhere. I am driving my 1986 Mercedes-Benze 500SEL with the V8 5.0 engine, and I plan to wear a tuxedo. I am very serious about what I want to do. Does anyone have any advice on what I need to be doing? What are the beginning steps?

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KD in Chicago, Illinois

37 months ago

Cameron,

My first guess would be to get some experience. Ditch your car and work for a Car Service to learn, make contacts and see if this IS what you want to do. While I've never worked for a Car Service, I can tell you that of my previous employers, each had different tastes and interests. One just HAD to be driven in an S 600, while another demanded an understated domestic sedan.

A tuxedo will most certainly draw attention to yourself, when your principal needs to remain invisible. Probably the only time to wear a tux is driving at a wedding(?) or as part of a protective detail, working a Black-Tie event.

Also, these jobs - depending on where you are - can frequently have a security component. Then, there's advanced drivers training.

Starting with a service will at least get your feet wet, but some states won't look at you unless you've reached a certain age (25?).

I would recommend AGAINST starting in this field, as many employers are transitioning to contracting with a Car Service anyway. Finding private employment, or that with a corporation is bad now, and I wouldn't want to think of what the job market would be in 30 years when you're pushing 50.

Hope this helps.

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John Ketelhut in Roseville, California

35 months ago

Cameron Jolly in Raleigh, North Carolina said: My name is Cameron Jolly. I am 18 and I am pursuing a long term career in being a private/personal driver . I know I am younger and have no experience in driving people around but I have to start sometime, somewhere. I am driving my 1986 Mercedes-Benze 500SEL with the V8 5.0 engine, and I plan to wear a tuxedo. I am very serious about what I want to do. Does anyone have any advice on what I need to be doing? What are the beginning steps?

Hi Cameron, I stumbled apon this website, kind of interesting don't you think? Well Cameron, I think your choice as a career to become a private/personal driver is a good choice. I am a Chauffeur and I think alot of companies want you to have a Class B licience, if your a limo driver, so you can drive their party busses. If you want to get into private car, maybe some security courses in personal protection, but thats just what I have noticed with some celebrities, it is part of Law enforcement type duties. Stop by my facebook site and like me and you can see how I am building clients for my employer, Baja Limos in Sacramento, California. I specialize in Corporate and Wine Tours, I love it.

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David Viera in wayne, New Jersey

26 months ago

I ve been driving limousines for 26 years this including be personal chauffuer for high risk clients. also I have a skill in training new drivers and how to be and professional. not ask to clients how to; or speak when your spoke to.. on top of that.. I have CDL w/ P endorsment a DOT Card and Medical Card... I can manuer any type of vehicle from sedans to Hummers some party buses this would give you ideal what I can do if anyone is looking for a private family chauffuer with others duties including no problems with hours and days looking for 52000/60000 a year no wont go wrong with me. I also a family man and home owner thanks

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Patrick Hernandez in Sacramento, California

26 months ago

John Ketelhut in Roseville, California said: Hi Cameron, I stumbled apon this website, kind of interesting don't you think? Well Cameron, I think your choice as a career to become a private/personal driver is a good choice. I am a Chauffeur and I think alot of companies want you to have a Class B licience, if your a limo driver, so you can drive their party busses. If you want to get into private car, maybe some security courses in personal protection, but thats just what I have noticed with some celebrities, it is part of Law enforcement type duties. Stop by my facebook site and like me and you can see how I am building clients for my employer, Baja Limos in Sacramento, California. I specialize in Corporate and Wine Tours, I love it.

Hi, John, how interesting I live in Sacramento as well. I'm currently 23 in a half years old and I've been thinking about making a career as a professional chauffeur. I like the fact that I'm able to make a client feel prominent by driving them to their destinations in a sleek car while dressed head to toe. I think I would be a great fit as a driver in Sacramento because I know ALL shortcuts and I know where traffic is found during certain times of the day. Anyways, my ultimate goal would be a driver in Los Angeles. Since I am still under age to become a chauffeur- what types of experience can I develop to prepare myself for this position so when I am 25- I can start applying? Thank you !

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Dave Marriott

24 months ago

good points, I was working for blacktie transportation in Pleasanton California probably the most reputable hi and limousine companies and wonderful place to work and they couldn't get enough chauffeurs and they were making any where from 40 to 60,000 we pumped out 150 to 200 Trips a day but then againmove an hour and a half way to Sacramento and you're lucky to get 223 ride today so it really depends on the market where you're in. I hear what you're saying about dropping people off because he know what you're saying about the guy dropping hundred thousand at the casino and won wondering about your hours. I pick up and drop off people from the Jet Center after Learjet driving around all day and at the end they jump out running to there Airstream Cave to not even thinking about tips. the Richer they are the less they tip if at all.

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Dave Marriott

24 months ago

I meant 2 to 3 trips a day not 223.

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