Want to Become a Delivery Driver? Requirements, Salary, and More

by | Jul 15, 2022 | Blog, Industry Insights

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Delivery drivers are transportation professionals that deliver over short and long distances. They’re responsible for handling goods with care and ensuring they arrive at the client’s destination in good condition and on time. As a driver, you’re also responsible for tracking all deliveries. Depending on your employer and job description, you may be responsible for supplies, packages, food, and anything else.

Becoming a delivery driver is an excellent choice because many third party delivery services always look for new drivers. The job also comes with several benefits, including but not limited to:

  • Flexible income and decent delivery fees: Most delivery jobs let you work as much as you want or need, primarily if you work as an independent contractor.
  • Flexible working hours leave you with enough time in your hands for other activities.
  • Numerous tips and bonuses from customers. You also may receive incentives when you work during holidays or peak hours.
  • Quick pay turnarounds as most delivery jobs pay weekly
  • Opportunities to interact with different people in various neighborhoods

How to Become a Delivery Driver

To become a delivery driver, you need a high school diploma, General Education Development (GED), or their equivalent. Your driving record must also be clean; and depending on the specific delivery job, you may need a particular vehicle or license. Ensure you check the requirements for each specific job before applying. You must train and pass a certification exam for positions requiring special driving permits.

The minimum age for working as a delivery driver varies. Some jobs require candidates to be at least 16 years old, for example, pizza delivery jobs. Others will only accept applicants that are 18 years and over. Other delivery jobs and duties require applicants to be 21 years and older, for example, alcohol delivery. Some delivery roles also require some experience in being a driver and a commercial driver’s license.

How Much Do Delivery Drivers Make?

The average hourly pay for delivery drivers is approximately $16 per hour. Hourly wages go as high as $25 and as low as $6.50. The wage difference indicates the availability of numerous opportunities for progress and a higher income depending on skills, length of experience, and location. Drivers may also receive a fee for every pickup and drop-off and wait time at the restaurant.

Best Delivery Companies to Work at

The best companies to work with as a delivery driver include:

  • Uber eats- $14.50 per hour
  • DoorDash/Caviar- $16 per hour
  • Hungry- $15 per hour
  • Favor- $10 to $18 per hour
  • GoPuff – $15 per hour
  • GrubHub -$26 per hour
  • Shipt – $22
  • Instacart – $15 per hour

They are some of the most recognizable names in the industry and provide attractive rates per delivery or hour. Consider using Elite EXTRA’s Delivery Network for a faster way to find delivery jobs in your locality. The platform connects drivers to companies nearby and allows them to choose the best.

Ready to Become a Delivery Driver?

If you’ve been sitting on the fence about becoming a delivery driver, you now have all the necessary information. The job offers many benefits, including decent pay to help you pay your bills. For more tips on becoming a more effective delivery driver, Elite EXTRA has valuable advice. Contact us today to learn more about industry insights and trends.






Ben Halverson

Ben Halverson


Ben is the Marketing Director at Elite EXTRA. Over the past 15 years, Ben has experienced an array of business jobs, tasks and experience. One of his guilty passions is buying and selling businesses. In his free time, Ben enjoys spending time on the lake, in a hockey arena or gym and playing golf.

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