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Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers in California

May also be called: Route Drivers; Local Truck Drivers; Pick Up Truck Drivers; and City Route Drivers

What Would I Do?

Light or Delivery Services Truck Drivers operate vans and trucks weighing less than 26,000 pounds. They pick up or deliver merchandise and packages within a specific area. This may include short "turnarounds" to deliver a shipment to a nearby city, pick up another loaded truck or van, and drive it back to their home base the same day.

Light or Delivery Service Truck Drivers usually drive for several hours at a time, which can be tiring. They frequently work 50 or more hours a week and usually return home in the evening. They have to drive in difficult conditions such as bad weather, heavy traffic, and sometimes on mountain roads.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Light or Delivery Service Truck Driver will appeal to those who like to work independently and outdoors, provide service to others, work with details, and perform physical activities.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2021 for Light Truck Drivers in California is $42,469 annually, or $20.42 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Generally, Truck Drivers are provided with medical, dental, and life insurance, disability, and retirement plans. Union Drivers may receive benefits, but these are negotiated by their union representatives.

What is the Job Outlook?

The need for local deliveries has grown due to the development of new shopping centers, homes, and malls. In addition, the increased popularity of shopping via the Internet will continue to drive the need for more Drivers to deliver goods.

How Do I Qualify?

Employers generally look for candidates who are at least 18 years old, possess a high school diploma, have a valid California driver license and a good driving record, and have completed a program at an accredited truck driving school.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains one of the most effective job search methods. Newspaper classified ads also provide a helpful resource for local job openings. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at and CalJOBSSM at

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