schwan's home delivery driver pay

Schwan’s Food Delivery Driver Pay

Since its founding in the 1950s, Schwan’s has grown from a humble ice cream delivery service to one of the nation’s largest food delivery company. Today, Schwan’s, still a private operation, has more than 7,500 employees and generates billions of dollars in revenue. We get many retired CDL drivers that miss the road that end up driving with Schwan’s. As part of our alternate driving careers research, we wanted to shine a light on Schwan’s driving careers.

The Minnesota-based company sells frozen foods to home customers and to grocery store chains across the country.

How Much Do Schawn’s Delivery Drivers Make?

According to the company, the average Schwan’s delivery driver salary is:

  • Customer Sales Distributor: $54,400-$56,400
  • Route Sales Representative: $42,000-$47,000 base

Data from shows that delivery drivers at Schwan’s earn:

  • $49,776/year for Route Drivers
  • $64,792/year for Company Delivery Drivers

It’s unclear what the difference is between Route Drivers and Company Delivery Drivers.

According to, Schwan’s truck drivers earn $32,000 per year.

With so many different salaries and ranges listed across different platforms, it’s hard to know what drivers really earn. The company’s salary information should be the most accurate and reliable.


Schwan’s drivers receive benefits in addition to their salaries, which include:

  • 401k with company match
  • Medical and dental insurance
  • Profit sharing
  • Paid holidays and vacation

Some driving positions also provide training and education benefits to help you advance in your career.

Drivers at Schwan’s enjoy great benefits, time off and a reliable route. If you’re a people person who loves driving, a job as a customer sales distributor or route sales representative may be a great fit for you.

Schwan’s Delivery Driver Jobs

Schwan’s is a leader in frozen food delivery, and drivers are an integral part of the business. Drivers enjoy job security, route reliability and great work/life balance. There are three main types of delivery jobs at Schwan’s:

Route Sales Representative

As a route sales representative, you will be responsible for selling and delivering frozen food to customers’ homes. You’ll work full-time, get most weekends off, and have an established route.

Route sales representatives work independently, but they’re part of a larger team. Four to six weeks of hands-on training is provided by leaders to help ensure you’re ready for success. Once your training is complete, you will receive your own established route.

Duties will include:

  • Seeking out and securing new customers for the route.
  • Make sales presentations to potential customers.
  • Inform customers of new products, special services or promotional products.

Drivers get most weekends off, with daily schedules running from mid-morning to mid-evening. Shifts typically run 10 hours.

Pay is weekly, and drivers receive a guaranteed daily base pay in addition to commission.

Job Qualifications

  • Hold a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have 1-3 years of experience with customer service or sales
  • No CDL license is required
  • Hold a valid driver’s license
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Meet DOT’s requirements

Customer Sales Distributor

A customer sales distributor is responsible for delivery of Schwan’s products to stores on their assigned route. Routes typically include national grocery chain stores, but you may also be delivering to independent and regional stores.

Other duties include:

  • Checking in with the store’s receiver
  • Unloading products
  • Moving products to the backroom
  • Obtaining signatures and proof of delivery
  • Keeping backroom inventory organized and maintained

Routes typically run five days a week, but you may have to work weekends. Shifts start early in the morning and only end once the day’s delivery requirements are met.

Job Qualifications

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Hold a valid driver’s license
  • Meet DOT requirements for medical certification and driver eligibility, including your ability to maintain a Class B CDL with air brake endorsement
  • Have a smartphone with service for calls and text messages

Relief Delivery Driver

The role of a relief delivery driver is to support all routes and provide coverage when necessary. Some regional travel may be required. You will also be expected to sell and deliver Schwan’s products to grocery stores.

Other duties include:

  • Maintaining product display spaces
  • Setting up promotional displays

Job Qualifications

  • Hold a valid driver’s license
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Meet all DOT requirements for medical certification and driver eligibility, including your ability to maintain a Class B CDL with air brake endorsement
  • Have previous DSD or grocery experience