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Based in Memphis, Tennessee, FedEx is one of the world’s largest shipping and mail courier companies. FedEx has been featured on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies To Work For” every year since 1998 and was ranked No. 91 on the 2010 list. The company employed a total of 218,770 people as of 2010. FedEx offers delivery drivers or couriers a solid salary with benefits and opportunities for career advancement.
FedEx delivery drivers deliver packages and mail to residences and businesses around the country. Candidates must be able to lift 75 lbs. as well as pass a background check and medical examination. They must also have a valid commercial driver’s license in the state they wish to work in. FedEx prefers to hire drivers who have some background in customer service. Drivers are typically required to start work early in the morning and remain alert throughout the day. During the busy holiday season, FedEx drivers usually work overtime. Drivers can expect to make around 75 to 80 deliveries per day.
Salary varies and is based on experience. The average annual pay for a FedEx delivery driver is $49,268, according to Fortune magazine. FedEx drivers make an average $11.24 an hour; hourly wages range from $9 to $14. Those with extensive delivery driving or customer service experience can expect to make more than those with little or no experience.
FedEx delivery drives receive a wide range of benefits for their work. According to Professional Pen, all FedEx employees receive medical, dental, vision care, paid sick leave, disability, life insurance and worker’s comp. Fortune magazine notes that FedEx does not offer 100 percent health care coverage, on-site child care or domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples.
Employment outlook for FedEx delivery drivers is still good despite economic turmoil in recent years. Fortune magazine reported 1,602 job openings at FedEx as of January 13, 2010. FedEx employs an upward mobility system whereby entry-level delivery drivers can make their way up the ranks by earning experience and performing well on the job. According to Fortune, 92 percent of FedEx managers worked their way up from entry-level positions.
Charlie Higgins is journalist, editor and translator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has written for a variety of lifestyle and niche market websites, including International Food Trader, The Olive Oil Times, microDINERO, Sounds and Colours, Connecting Worlds and The Buenos Aires Reader.