Amazon Truck Driver Jobs After Truck Driver Institute

From its inception in 1994, Amazon has changed the way we think about goods, services, and the means by which we acquire them. Now that Amazon has become most people’s first choice in online shopping, they’ve created a huge demand for CDL drivers to deliver the goods that flow through their platform. Being the innovative company they are, Amazon truck driver jobs look a little different from the traditional transportation jobs with many carriers around the country.

In this page, we’ll dive into what you need to start driving for Amazon, what it’s like to drive for Amazon, and what are some of the associated key ideas that come along with those questions.

Do I Need a CDL to Drive for Amazon?

First and foremost, you do need a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to drive for Amazon. Since vans, box trucks, and tractor trailers are used to deliver products from Amazon, we recommend that you get a Class A CDL or a Class B CDL.

Class A CDLs allow you to drive:

  • Semi trucks
  • Flatbeds
  • Tanker vehicles
  • Truck and trailer combinations
  • Most Class B and Class C vehicles

Class B CDLs allow you to drive:

  • Straight trucks
  • Box trucks
  • Dump trucks
  • School busses
  • Segmented busses

Ultimately, the type of CDL you get depends on what kind of driving you want to do. For example, the Class A CDL is ideal for interstate drivers because it authorizes you to drive larger vehicles that are capable of long-distance travel. On the other hand, Class B CDLs are good for regional drivers because vans and box trucks are commonly used for local, short-distance applications.

At Truck Driver Institute, or TDI, you can earn your Class A, Class B, or Class C CDL in just 3 weeks.

Most of our students pursue the Class A CDL because it allows them to drive most Class B and Class C vehicles, which expands their career options and allows them to take both long-distance and regional jobs.



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What Kinds of Amazon Truck Driver Jobs Are There?

As we mentioned before, driving for Amazon is different than driving for a traditional carrier. To help you get a better picture of what Amazon truck driver jobs are like, here are three of the main differences.

  1. Amazon truck drivers are small business owners. Amazon is a business to customer company while most traditional carriers are business to business companies. This means Amazon delivers products directly to customers’ doorsteps. One-day delivery is the new norm for online shoppers, and Amazon sells thousands and thousands of products per day. Amazon’s delivery needs adapted to allow people to create small, separate delivery businesses that are attached to Amazon itself, as the delivery load would be impossible to manage otherwise. For a small overhead fee, you can work closely with Amazon to create your own regional delivery business, hire employees, and deliver products on behalf of Amazon. This system is similar to the owner-operator system that many traditional carriers offer, which we’ll cover later on. 
  2. If running your own delivery business isn’t for you, Amazon truck drivers have the option of driving for a Delivery Service Partner (DSP). Naturally, starting your own business may not have been what you had in mind when you first considered getting your CDL. That’s why Amazon truck drivers have the option of teaming up with people who started their own Amazon delivery service and driving for them. 
  3. Amazon truck drivers are paid by the hour. This is the biggest difference between driving for Amazon and driving for a traditional carrier. While conventional truck driver jobs pay by the mile with a minimum pay per week, Amazon truck driver jobs pay by the hour. According to several different sources, Amazon truck drivers can make anywhere between $15 to $25 per hour with the option of overtime.

The main reasons people decide to become Amazon truck drivers are flexibility and freedom. Being your own boss allows you to create your own schedule, take on just as much work as you want, and run the business the way you think it should be run.

Additionally, those who start their own Amazon delivery businesses have Amazon’s years of logistics and management experience as a safety net, allowing them to ask for help and extra guidance when needed. This makes the overhead cost extraordinarily low compared to starting a business in the traditional sense because the framework, business plan, and funding is already there.

What’s an Owner-Operator at Amazon?

For the sake of a fair comparison, we’ll mention what owner-operators are and what they do.

Much like Amazon truck drivers, owner-operators run their own trucking business and are on contract to an established carrier. They own their own trucks, frequently manage a team of drivers, and have the backing of a large and established carrier. They have the freedom to create as much work for themselves as they want and to scale the business to the size that works best for them.

Owner-operators tend to be industry veterans with many years of experience driving trucks and transporting goods.

The Amazon equivalent is the Delivery Service partner.

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What’s an Amazon Delivery Service Partner?

Amazon Delivery Service Partners perform the same function as owner-operators in that they run the operations of a service that delivers Amazon packages. The only differences are that the overhead is lower (usually around $10,000) and that DSPs tend to have less experience in the industry.

DSPs can run a fleet of up to 40 vehicles and manage up to 100 employees. Although Amazon does help new DSPs get the business set up, as a DSP you would be responsible for hiring, firing, and coaching your team.


Amazon Truck Driver Jobs After Truck Driver Institute

As you can see, Amazon truck driver jobs allow you to be a little more flexible in the type of CDL driving you do, and they revolve around independence rather than top-down management.

If becoming a DSP or driving for a DSP is something you’re interested in, the first step is getting your CDL. Truck Driver Institute has been training new drivers like you since 1973, and our refined program is designed to get you behind the wheel in as little as 3 weeks. Along with our financing options, getting your CDL and driving for top companies like Amazon has never been quicker or more affordable.

If you’d like more information on what a CDL can do for your career, don’t hesitate to contact us today or learn more by browsing our truck driving blog.

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