Many people choose to become drivers so they can meet new people, have flexible hours and experience the open road. Drivers are responsible for 18-wheelers, delivery trucks and smaller vehicles, depending on the job. Though countless driver jobs are available in the food, medical and transportation industries, several jobs stand out at the top of the pay scale.
An organ courier is responsible for picking up organs and delivering them to hospitals where critical patients are awaiting transplants. They may also be required to transport other medical specimens like blood samples and human tissue. According to Simply Hired, organ couriers earn an average of $47,000 a year. Educational requirements vary according to company, but all couriers must go through an extensive interview and background check. They are also required to be certified in HAZMAT training, which teaches them about proper handling of sensitive medical samples.
Chauffeurs are responsible for driving limousines and town cars. They often take individuals or large groups of people to and from work gatherings and social events. They may experience a great deal of free time, as they often have to wait in the car for their clients. According to Pay Scale, chauffeurs start at $14,400 a year and can go up to $66,806 after 20 years of experience. This differs from company to company. If you are hired as a personal driver, you can often negotiate your own salary with the client. Potential employees must have good driving records, and many companies prefer a minimum age of 25 years.
Truck drivers spend countless hours on highways, often driving in the middle of the night. Their cabin becomes their home, a place where they work, eat and sleep. Truck drivers transport a wide range of materials, from food supplies to furniture. They are required to consistently monitor their cargo and be constantly alert on the road so that accidents can be prevented. "Light" or delivery services drivers operate vehicles that are under 26,000 pounds. "Heavy" or tractor-trailer drivers operate vehicles weighing 26,000 pounds or more. According to Indeed, drivers earn an average of $53,000 a year. However, they have the potential to earn more because mileage is considered for payment. All drivers must obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL) from the Department of Motor Vehicles.