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Most delivery services require operating a large van or truck in order to accommodate the size and volume of goods. However, there are also some delivery jobs that only require a passenger car.
Couriers deliver time-sensitive packages from one place to another, typically within the same or closely neighboring cities or areas. Couriers pick up the delivery item personally from the sender and proceed directly to the recipient to drop it off, serving one client at a time.
Messengers are similar to couriers except that they specifically deliver documents and letters. Because of the nature of what they deliver, messengers must often sign confidentiality agreements with their employers, swearing that they will not divulge information about the documents and letters they handle.
Food Service Delivery
Pizzerias and other restaurants that offer delivery services often have their food delivered in a car. At times, this car is provided by the company and emblazoned with its logo for advertising purposes, and at others, the car belongs to the driver.
Newspapers and other media outfits often have their publications delivered by individuals in cars. These drivers receive a set route to serve daily, weekly or at another time increment. Newspaper delivery usually takes place very early in the morning.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2009, delivery drivers in the food service industry typically earn minimum wage or slightly more (plus tips), while newspaper deliverers typically earn a monthly rate of between $200 and $500, depending on the frequency and area of delivery. Couriers and messengers earn an average median hourly rate of $12.07.
Faith Davies has been writing professionally since 1996, contributing to various websites. She holds an LAH insurance license in the state of Pennsylvania and has experience as a bank branch manager and lending officer. Davies graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in art history.