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What does a Driver do?

Drivers transport goods and items from one place to another. Usually, Drivers are called by the type of deliveries they do. Food Drivers deliver food to people's homes. Tractor-trailers drivers handle heavy goods like cars or other large amounts of cargo, and travel long distances to deliver them. Drivers are employees on the payroll of companies.


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Working as a Driver

Drivers carry out lots of duties for companies that employ them. The following are some of the functions of Drivers:

  • Collecting goods or items and transporting them to their various destinations in good conditions
  • Making sure goods and items in their care get to the owners safely and on time
  • Making sure the order cycle is complete after they deliver items to the owners, which includes checking and confirming records and ensuring the customer is satisfied.
  • Accepting the correct payment from customers for delivered goods
  • Putting on display excellent communication and interpersonal skills to give customers high-quality customer service and providing accurate answers to clients' questions.
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How much does a Driver make in the United States?

Average base salary

Average $18.39
Low $12.12
High $27.90
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The average salary for a driver is $18.39 per hour in the United States. 61.2k salaries reported, updated at December 2, 2023

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What skills do you need to be a Driver?

Drivers must possess the following skills to excel on the job:

  • Drivers must have a strong interest in driving and a love for frequent travels and journeys.
  • They must be ready to drive like trained professionals.
  • They must be highly-focused people.
  • They must always pay attention to details.
  • They must have good communication and interpersonal skills.
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How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a driver?

If you’re unsure about what salary is appropriate for a driver, visit Indeed's Salary Calculator to get a free, personalized pay range based on your location, industry and experience.

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What is the difference between a driver and an independent contractor?

A driver works directly with the company while the independent contractor drives independently.

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