Chances are, you’ve drank a Pepsi at least once in your life. One of the world’s best-selling soft drinks, you’ll find that Pepsi has a fleet of trucks that help the company deliver its products to the world. And it makes sense for the company to use their own truckers to deliver their goods to retailers, as it is far cheaper than hiring an outside outfit.
When working for the company, you’ll find that the first question every potential driver asks is about the Pepsi truck driver salary.
The good news is that there are a lot of Pepsi truck driver jobs and information that provide insight into working with the company.
Pepsi Driver Pay
Salaries at Pepsi vary greatly depending on location and experience. When reviewing the figures, you’ll need to keep this in mind.
Salaries by PayScale point to the following data:
The bottom 10% of drivers earn $26,000 a year.
The bottom 25% of drivers earn up to $34,000 a year.
The median salary is $44,421 per year.
The top 25% of drivers earn $57,000 a year.
The top 10% of drivers earn $71,000+ a year.
Experience is a major factor when working for the company. What may or may not be offered in your area is free training. Many drivers report that they did not have their CDL A license, but did have their permit.
Pepsi was willing to train these individuals for free to place them into Pepsi careers.
If you’re unsure if the company will train you, call a recruiter and find out. Pepsi seems to offer this free training when they’re having difficulty finding competent drivers to fill their open positions. If you live in a smaller town and not in a big city, there is a higher chance that the company will train you.
So, from the salaries above, we have hourly pay rates of $14.13 – $25.32. While the top 10% of drivers can earn over $71,000 per year, the site has a salary range from $28,758 – $65,509.
Keep in mind that this is a full-time job, and many employees report that they will start their shift at 4:30 in the morning and may work 12 hours or more per day, depending on the demand. This means you’ll have ample room for overtime, which will kick in after you’ve worked 40 hours in one week.
And overtime can provide you with a major boost to your overall salary.
Scouring further into the salary ranges, we come across Glassdoor.com that has salaries for bay delivery drivers, who earn an average salary of $52,094 per year. There are a total of 16 data points available which show salaries can range from $39,624 – $63,173.
Cash bonuses are available, too, with many drivers earning bonuses of $1,000 – $1,100.
When you look at CDL bulk drivers, the hourly pay ranges from $17 to $21. There are only two data points to go off of, so this sampling is too small to tell if the salary range is wider than what is listed. Based off of these figures, the average salary per year would be $35,360 – $43,680. Bonuses were in line with the previous listing of $1,000 – $1,100.
Keep in mind that drivers have a lot of stops throughout their day.
Many drivers come and go because working 12 – 14 hour days is demanding, and there are 12 – 17 stops per day, with some days having up to 25 stops.
Pepsi will offer seasonal driving positions, which are not ideal for most drivers. A concern with seasonal driving is that these positions may pay more, but they’re limited to a 3-month period. And you will not receive benefits as a seasonal driver.
The experience gained from the position cannot be applied to the experience level if you reapply and get hired for the company. Instead, you would be starting from scratch again in terms of your time with the company.
Pepsi Careers and Benefits
Pepsi truck driver jobs do come with their own perks in terms of benefits. Bonuses are offered to exceptional drivers, which means more money in your pocket every year. And bonuses are normally $1,000 or slightly more, which is a nice addition, especially during the holiday season.
Retirement options are available through the company’s 401(k) plan. Matching percentages are based on how many years you’re with the company.
Something new that has started in 2016 is that all full-time employees with the company will receive 3 weeks paid vacation. If you have worked for the company for five years, you’ll get four full weeks of paid vacation per year – not bad for the trucking industry.
The company also offers:
Health savings accounts
Supplemental life insurance
Accidental death insurance
And when working for the company, there are stock options and a stock purchase plan, too. Paid holidays and sick days are offered as well as family medical leave and military leave. Adoption assistance is offered, too.
Maternity and paternity leave are offered.
Free lunch, breakfast or snacks are offered at some locations. The company may also offer free gym access, but this depends greatly on the location and is not offered at all locations. Tuition assistance, as well as professional development, are offered to employees.
Pepsi’s truck driver salary is able to meet the needs of all drivers and comes backed by some of the industry’s best benefits.