Van Driver Salary
Job Description for Van Driver
A van driver operates a larger-sized vehicle that is normally not quite large enough to be considered a truck. Companies hire van drivers to execute deliveries and pickups; transportation companies hire van drivers to shuttle passengers, such as at airports or for hotels.Read More...
The van driver is normally required to have a high school diploma or equivalent. They also need a valid driver’s license, and - in situations where they drive passengers - may be required to carry a chauffeur’s license as well. Companies typically perform a background check on the prospective driver to ensure that the applicant’s driving and criminal records are clean.
For van drivers who perform deliveries and pick-ups, there may be some heavy lifting and carrying. Drivers for deliveries and pick-ups must be organized and able to get their cargo from destination to destination without damage or unnecessary wear and tear; they also may find it helpful to have an excellent working knowledge of the maps and streets in their normal driving radius.
Van drivers who work for transportation companies that ferry passengers around normally do less lifting. Instead, they deliver passengers from one destination to another in the most efficient and pleasant manner possible. This particular aspect of the driver’s job can be as routine as shuttling passengers from a car rental area to a parking lot at an airport, or it can be as varied as those drivers who work for hotels and carry passengers to area restaurants, malls, and public transportation facilities.
The hours for a van driver vary greatly and depend on the job and location. Van drivers are expected to be efficient and courteous and act as an extension of the business for which they work and represent.
Van Driver Tasks
- Transport riders to various locations in a safe, efficient manner.
- Follow all traffic laws and regulatory procedures.
- Assist passengers in boarding and disembarking from the vehicle.
- Complete weekly maintenance checks and report any incidents or accidents.
Common Career Paths for Van Driver
Though it's uncommon, some Van Drivers move into roles as Trucking and Transportation Fleet Dispatchers, where pay is an average $37K per year. It is quite typical for Van Drivers to transition into roles as Light or Delivery Services Truck Drivers or Bus Drivers, where reported median earnings are $9K and $6K higher per year.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Van Driver
Professional Transportation Inc. reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $20K) but some workers make up to $36K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.
Pay by Experience Level for Van Driver
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Van Drivers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $23K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $25K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Van Drivers make a median salary of $27K. Van Drivers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $32K.