What does a Driver do?

A driver is responsible for transporting either cargo or passenger from one location to another. They are responsible for the safe transit of the passengers or cargo. A few of the main duties of a driver are following traffic laws, correctly following the right route, ensure that there is enough gas, and maintain a clean car interior. They also have to be very timely and know where they are going.

A driver does not need any experience but should have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. One of the most important skills that a driver will have is their ability to navigate through traffic. Another skill is upbeat attitude as the driver will need to make sure that the clients are satisfied with their service. They also need to be able to drive defensively to protect the passengers or cargo.

What responsibilities are common for Driver jobs?
  • Follow all traffic laws
  • Drive defensively to ensure safety
  • Keep all windows in the car spotless
  • Keep the interior of the car spotless
  • Make sure there is always enough gas to get to the destination
  • Keep accurate count of gas usage, miles, and other data
  • Ensure that car maintenance is taken care of
  • Accurately follow the correct route
What are the typical qualifications for Driver jobs?
  • High School diploma or GED equivalent
  • Valid state driver's license
  • Have been driving for at least 5 years
  • Great time management skills
  • Great customer attitude and attentiveness
  • Ability to operate a vehicle for 8 hours
  • Physically able to lift 50 pounds
  • Open to working nights and weekends
  • Great organizational skills
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Driver Salaries

Average Base Pay

$45,373 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$31K
Median: $45K
$67K
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Driver Career Path

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

L2
Driver
$45,373/yr
L3
Senior Driver
$48,744/yr
L4
Driver IV
$68,831/yr
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
13%
2 - 4
7%
5 - 7
3%
8+
77%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Driver Insights

Read what Driver professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
DoorDashDoorDash
Door Dasher Driver
May 7, 2022

“I don't really know any upper management but whatever you all are doing is amazing and working beautifully 😊 excellent!!”

UberUber
Driver
Aug 16, 2021

“You get to pick your own hours which helped me with school and its base pay was good too.”

ConsensioConsensio
Private Chauffeur
Dec 5, 2019

“Long hours and demanding work however this really is a role in which you get out what you put in.”

RideAlongNowRideAlongNow
Driver
Feb 28, 2022

“Gas is super expensive and I had to pay out of pocket because they don’t want to pay me.”

NeuLife Rehabilitation NeuLife Rehabilitation
Driver
May 10, 2020

“I have met new people and I have enjoyed the fun and professional environment we have at NeuLife.”

Wallenius WilhelmsenWallenius Wilhelmsen
Distribution Driver
Jan 29, 2022

“I worked second shift and nothing was done to assure that it was a good work environment for employees.”

Ship/ArtShip/Art
Driver/Art Handler
Mar 24, 2021

“They handle the high end and complex stuff and really work well together to get it done.”

DoorDashDoorDash
Driver
Sept 19, 2021

“It is great that you can make your own schedule and dash whenever you can.”

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Driver Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of drivers

The typical day of a driver involves transporting cargo and passengers safely and efficiently. A driver needs to obey traffic laws, pay attention to vehicle maintenance, and navigate well. Additionally, drivers need to have strong people skills when dealing with passengers.

Driving affords varying opportunities including driving trucks, buses, and private vehicles as well as working as a delivery driver. The job requires a lot of sitting, but an advantage of working as a driver is getting to visit different locations, businesses, and people throughout the day.

As with any job, there are some challenges to being a driver, for example feeling stress while dealing with traffic or in the monotony of long hours on the road. Some driver roles, like delivery driving, require physical strength. Others, like taxi driving, require deep knowledge of local roads and good customer service.

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