Driving is a passion for some people. There are many jobs that a person can do that do not require the driver to have a Commercial Driver's License (CDL), but you will need to have a good driving record and a valid regular driver’s license. The pay varies for the different driving positions and the requirements needed will vary according to what the company you drive for requires.
Chauffeurs can drive private cars, vans or limousines. The chauffeur can work for himself or she can work for a company or private individual that requires a driver for transportation. Hotels hire drivers to operate their shuttle services. Individuals hire chauffeurs to drive the family places and companies that rent limousines and privates cars need drivers to drive the limousines and customers to their destinations. Chauffeurs will have a prearranged schedule and know what hours that they will work.
Taxi drivers usually work through a dispatcher to find fares, but some taxi drivers will work certain streets and areas as an independent driver to find fares. In larger cities, the drivers can be flagged down for a ride and in smaller communities the driver is asked for through a dispatcher. Driver’s pay for their own gas and rent the cabs from a company unless the driver is an independent and has his own car, and then he will pay for insurance, gas, maintenance and licenses. Taxi cab drivers work eight to 12 hour shift, which includes weekends, nights and holidays.
Chauffeur and Taxi Driver Job Outlook and Salary
Chauffeurs and taxi drivers will be required to have a good driving record, know the area and in some states the chauffeur and tax driver will need a hack license (taxi and chauffeur license). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for taxi drivers and chauffeurs is expected to increase by 16% through the year 2018. Chauffeurs annual salary includes tips and wages. The income was between $21,550 and $34,210 in 2008.
Messengers and Couriers
Messengers and couriers drive cars and vans to transport small packages such as financial or legal documents for companies, donated organs, medical specimens or airline tickets. However, in larger, congested cities, the couriers can drive motorcycles or bicycles. Drivers can carry items for banks, hospitals, banks and law firms. Drivers need a neat appearance and must know the area. Drivers will need a regular driver’s license or a motorcycle license if the mode of transportation is a motorcycle or no license if the mode of transportation is a bicycle.
Messengers and Couriers Job Outlook and Salary
The job outlook for a messenger or courier is expected to decrease by the year 2018 by about 400 positions. The delivery driver in 2008, made anywhere from $7.88 to $17.77 an hour. That was 10% paid less than $8 an hour and 10% paid more than $17 an hour with the average being $11.22 an hour.
2016 Salary Information for Taxi Drivers and Chauffeurs
Taxi drivers and chauffeurs earned a median annual salary of $24,300 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, taxi drivers and chauffeurs earned a 25th percentile salary of $20,490, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $30,440, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 305,100 people were employed in the U.S. as taxi drivers and chauffeurs.