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How Much Do Pods Container Drivers Make?

Moving storage pods is big business. PODS Enterprise delivered 36,000+ additional pods in 2021 than they did in 2020. The trend of increasing deliveries is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, leading to more positions for a PODS truck driver opening up.

In this guide, we’re going to explore the average salary for a PODS truck driver and how to become a carrier for PODS.

Average Salary for Pods Container Driver Jobs

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PODS drivers average $57,509 per year.

Salary ranges from $23,300 – $70,200. California is the state with the highest salaries, with the following PODS truck drivers in the cities below all making between $54,990 and $56,679 per year:

  • San Jose, CA
  • Santa Clara, CA
  • Fremont, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Daly City, CA
  • Oakland, CA
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Hayward, CA

Other states where drivers earn the most include Alaska, District of Columbia, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

Drivers hauling PODS are often paid on an hourly basis, so you’ll have guaranteed income coming every week and won’t have to deal with CPM pay.

What PODS Truck Drivers are Saying About the Company?

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Delivery drivers are very vocal about their experience hauling PODS, and the reviews are primarily positive. The most common pros and cons include:

  • Delivery drivers often work four days a week, which means making good money and enjoying three-day weekends every week.
  • Drivers can make substantial money during the busy season, but in winter, work does slow down.
  • Many drivers like the prospect of becoming career drivers.

Work-life balance is a priority for PODS, and you will be home every evening. However, you may also have to work long hours in the summer when it’s the peak busy season. Since you’re paid hourly, this means you’ll have the opportunity to earn significantly more money during the summer.

Now, some of the complaints that drivers have are:

  • Days are very long, and you can never be sure what time you’ll be home.
  • If you finish a route early, stops are added, so there’s less of a chance of getting home early.

Overall, PODS is said to have good people working on the local level, decent benefits and good pay – especially in summer. With demand for PODS increasing across the country, the company is always looking for dedicated drivers who are willing to work long hours for good pay.

How to Become a Carrier for Pods

PODS is one of the main companies looking for independent drivers to haul for them, but there are similar companies willing to hire motivated drivers to fill their ranks. If you want to become a PODS truck driver and deliver containers, you’ll find:

  • Class A positions
  • Class B positions

Class A Position in Carrollton, TX

PODS is hiring for a position in Carrollton, Texas, and to secure the position, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:

  • Class A CDL license holder
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Three months or more of experience driving as a CDL driver
  • Be 21 years of age or older

Obtaining your CDL A will vary from state to state.

Class B Position in Armonk, NY

PODS also has a lot of positions open for CDL B drivers, and the requirements are the same as Class A:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Three months or more of experience driving as a CDL driver
  • Be 21 years of age or older

However, you need to have a Class B CDL to qualify for this position. You will need to pass a drug test prior to employment. Drug tests are given every few months to ensure drivers are not under the influence of any foreign substances. Drivers cannot smoke in their vehicles.

Benefits PODS Offers Their Drivers

PODS drivers enjoy great benefits for their commitment to the company, and some of the benefits that are available include:

  • Competitive pay for drivers, including hourly positions
  • Paid time off
  • Floating holiday time off
  • Comprehensive benefit packages designed to your specific needs
  • 401(k) retirement plan with company match
  • A life insurance policy that matches your annual salary
  • Maternity leave is available after working for PODS for 90 days

Raises are given every year, and there are some areas where the workforce is unionized. You will need to research your current area to understand if you will be joining a union or not.

Moving storage PODS is big business. Becoming a PODS truck driver is a great career opportunity, allowing you to have stability and a steady paycheck. Continued growth, comprehensive benefits and a friendly work culture are all reasons to consider hauling PODS.