Not all pizza deliverers are men. Women also know delivering pizzas is a way to make some extra money. Monthly salaries may only comprise half your income --or less -- if you can consistently deliver five or more pizzas an hour. Just make sure you obey the speed limits, as you'll be driving your own car. If you don't mind working on an occasional stormy evening or on hot or frigid nights, the job of pizza delivery may be perfect for you. You can expect to earn a base salary of more than $1,500 per month.
Salary and Qualifications
Pizza deliverers earned average annual salaries of $19,000 as of 2013, according to the job website Simply Hired, or $1,583 per month. This equates to $9.13 per hour, based on a 40-hour workweek. Thus if you deliver five $20 pizzas per hour and earn 10 percent on each one -- the recommended tip, according to CNN Money -- you'd make $10 in tips. That's more than you'd earn per hour in salary. To become a pizza deliverer, you must be 18 and have a valid driver's license. Most employers also prefer that you have a high school diploma or GED, as you must be proficient in math. Other essential qualifications include attention to detail, sense of direction and customer service and communication skills.
Salary by Region
In 2013, average monthly base salaries for pizza deliverers varied within the four U.S. regions. In the Midwest region, they earned the highest monthly salaries of $1,667 in Minnesota and Illinois and the lowest of $1,250 in South Dakota, according to Simply Hired. Those in the South earned between $1,250 and $2,500 per month, respectively, in Mississippi and Washington, D.C. If you worked in Maine or Massachusetts, you'd earn $1,416 or $1,916, respectively, which were the lowest and highest monthly salaries in the Northeast. Your monthly earnings in the West would be $1,250 in Montana or $1,750 in Alaska or California.
Experience will serve you well as a pizza deliverer. Once you learn the area -- or become more familiar using a GPS -- you should be able to deliver more pizzas per hour. This can add significantly to your monthly earnings. You may also develop better customer service skills through experience, which may increase your average tips per delivery. You can expect a higher monthly base if you live in California, New York or Massachusetts because of higher living costs in those states.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics includes pizza deliverers under the "drivers/sales workers" category. It projects a 10 percent increase in jobs for these workers in the next decade. You should find more available jobs as a pizza deliverer as the economy continues improving. Turnover is also relatively high among pizza deliverers, so employers such as Domino's, Pizza Hut and Papa John's are always looking for deliverers.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Delivery Truck Drivers and Driver/Sales Workers: Job Outlook
- Papa John's: Delivery Driver
- CNN Money: How Much to Tip
- Pizza Hut: Delivery Driver
- Simply Hired: Average Pizza Delivery Salaries
- Simply Hired: Average Pizza Delivery Salaries in ME and MA
- Simply Hired: Average Pizza Delivery Salaries in MT, AK and CA
- Simply Hired: Average Pizza Delivery Salaries in MS, LA and DC
- Simply Hired: Average Pizza Delivery Salaries in SD, IL and MN
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