Light truck driver - Salary and Career
General Cargo Vehicle Drivers

Light truck driver - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They transport, collect and deliver loads in general, tow trucks, dismantle and remove damaged vehicles and provide mechanical assistance. They handle bulky and heavy loads, they can also operate equipment, carry out vehicle inspections and repairs, inspect loads, in addition to verifying vehicle and load documentation. They define routes and ensure the regularity of transport. The activities are carried out in accordance with technical and safety standards and procedures.

How much does an Light truck driver earn

A Light truck driver earns between $1.494 and $3.424 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.021 and a median salary of $2.000 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 6.704 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Light truck driver

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.021 24.255 505 9
1º Quartile 1.494 17.925 373 7
Median Salary 2.000 24.000 500 9
3º Quartile 2.611 31.337 653 12
Higher Salary 3.424 41.090 856 16


Professional job categories

  • Workers in the production of industrial goods and services
    • cross function workers
      • vehicle drivers and operators of lifting and cargo handling equipment
        • general cargo vehicle drivers

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Main workplaces

General Cargo Vehicle Drivers the professionals of this family work, as service providers, in companies whose economic activities belong to the fields of land transport, agriculture, livestock and extraction of non-ferrous minerals, as self-employed or with a formal contract. They work in vehicles, individually and in pairs, during irregular and alternating hours. In the performance of their duties, they may remain in uncomfortable positions for long periods, with some of the activities performed with exposure to toxic materials, as they can be performed in tunnels, mining and coal mines.


What does it take to work in the field of General Cargo Vehicle Drivers

These occupations are performed by workers with elementary education and require basic qualification courses. The full exercise of the professional activity takes place after a period of one to two years of experience for the performance, permanent supervision is required, except for self-employed truck drivers.


Functions and activities of Light truck driver

General Cargo Vehicle Drivers must:

  • wishing and debunking vehicles;
  • chowing and untilting vehicles;
  • towing and tipping vehicles;
  • chowing and debunking vehicles;
  • give help;
  • verify vehicle and cargo documents;
  • render help;
  • ensure regularity of transport;
  • communicate in real time;
  • towing and detopping vehicles;
  • perform vehicle inspections and repair;
  • help;
  • towing and unfolding vehicles;
  • transport cargo;
  • towing and uncovering vehicles;
  • ensure transport regularity;
  • rescue;
  • move bulky and heavy loads;
  • howing and unfolding vehicles;
  • inspect transported cargo;
  • give help;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • work safely;
  • give aid;
  • check vehicle and cargo documents;
  • set routes;
  • inspect transported loads;
  • perform vehicle inspections and repairs;
  • winching and debunking vehicles;
  • hoisting and debunking vehicles;
  • operate equipment;
  • winching and collapsing vehicles;
  • wishing and unfolding vehicles;
  • towing and cracking vehicles;
  • transport loads;
  • tow and topple vehicles;
  • define routes;
  • towing and debunking vehicles;
  • communicate in real time;

  • Activities

    • communicate by radio;
    • communicate arrival at the switchboard;
    • signal accident site;
    • master the basics of mechanics;
    • manage vehicle range;
    • measure load height;
    • propose itineraries;
    • plan itinerary;
    • distribute load weight between axles;
    • set supply points;
    • communicate the output to the switchboard;
    • move dangerous goods;
    • transport packaged products in a box truck, conventional body and sider;
    • transport extra heavy load, in bi-articulated truck;
    • remove crashed car;
    • lifting rugged vehicles from rivers and banks;
    • identify vehicle height, length and width;
    • handle cargo safely;
    • verify animal vaccination certificates;
    • search itineraries;
    • check goods;
    • check seal;
    • check steel cables;
    • master the basics of economical driving;
    • operate heavy winch (jib and telescopic turret);
    • check cargo with invoice;
    • position cargo according to delivery order;
    • operate boom and drag pump truck;
    • check flammable discharge point;
    • handle the mixer's compression lever;
    • master the basics of first aid;
    • transport container on container ship;
    • identify damages in the goods;
    • inspect tires;
    • transport excess cargo in a specific vehicle;
    • removing heavy vehicles in boom system;
    • untilting refrigerated truck;
    • provide quality services;
    • inspect mechanical part;
    • set dwell time in vehicle direction;
    • select vehicle by type of cargo;
    • manage finances;
    • set load balance point;
    • dress properly;
    • demonstrate determination;
    • demonstrate determination;
    • deliver goods;
    • master mechanical basics;
    • towing vehicles shelved by accident;
    • count animal heads;
    • position vehicle for loading and unloading;
    • remove user from risk location;
    • removing medium vehicles on platform;
    • position the truck at the animal dock;
    • transport liquids in a tank truck;
    • negotiate debts;
    • activate water valve and compression lever at the same time;
    • follow traffic laws;
    • communicate the output to the control panel;
    • identify strange vehicle noises;
    • position yourself properly for removal operation;
    • demonstrate a sense of responsibility;
    • to wink vehicle using munk;
    • check cargo weight and volume;
    • distribute the weight in equal parts;
    • check cargo quantity;
    • mount vehicle damage report;
    • participate in training;
    • transport liquids in tanker truck;
    • collect goods;
    • pruning tree branches over the carriageway (stork);
    • define period for unloading the goods;
    • trigger dangerous cargo transhipment company;
    • check goods and accessories available inside the accident car;
    • operate medium-hydraulic platform winch;
    • check for cargo leaks;
    • develop live load handling;
    • communicate via satellite (gps system);
    • activate the company for transshipment of dangerous goods;
    • to winch vehicles with broken front pivot;
    • select vehicle by type of load;
    • handle loads by forklift;
    • inspect the bodywork;
    • set removal price;
    • control balloon beat speed;
    • identify transportation codes classified by the united nations (un) organization ;
    • centralize loads;
    • remove truck from the rear;
    • define the period for loading the goods;
    • transport vehicle on trailer with hydraulic ramp;
    • perform minor vehicle repairs;
    • set vehicle wear values;
    • preserve accident site;
    • observe suspended load positioning;
    • untilting vehicles with flammable cargo;
    • check base charging point (fuel);
    • set up claims report;
    • preserve cargo integrity;
    • transport concrete in concrete mixer truck;
    • transport cooled cargo in an isothermal trunk;
    • orient oneself in relation to geographic and topographical features of the destination;
    • tow trucks and buses;
    • operate hydraulic ramp (stork);
    • untilting concrete mixer truck and chives;
    • perform preventive maintenance;
    • take special care with live cargo transported;
    • lock container locks;
    • operate light winch - hydraulic platform;
    • control balloon beat speed;
    • inspect required tools;
    • demonstrate quick reflexes;
    • transport mineral products in bucket;
    • use gloves, boots, flashlights and reflective vests;
    • activate the hydraulic system of the stork, with safety pins;
    • positioning steel cables in equilibrium degree;
    • clear the lane with a water truck;
    • check itinerary;
    • isolate discharge area, with cones;
    • estimate transport costs, according to the type of cargo;
    • contact insurance;
    • operate vehicle with platform and chainsaw;
    • avoid the range of forklifts;
    • keep up to date on traffic legislation;
    • perform corrective maintenance;
    • operate bottom load system;
    • render services to the dealership;
    • connect air hose to towed vehicle brake;
    • operate heavy winch, with munk;
    • towing empty trucks and broken buses;
    • verify emergency form for handling dangerous goods (mop) together to the invoice;
    • towing trucks with locked brakes;
    • load vehicle with established weight limit;
    • stopping the winch on the ground;
    • arrange cargo according to weight;
    • scaling load weight;
    • transport vehicles and heavy machinery on a plank vehicle;
    • operate fire fighting equipment;
    • get accurate information about the accident site;
    • untilting truck and bus;
    • master how the machine works;
    • transport sized cargo in special vehicles;
    • check manifest;
    • canvas cargo;
    • disconnect the vehicle's battery;
    • activate the gyroflex in dangerous situations;
    • identify types of products to be loaded (fuel);
    • propose operational changes;
    • demonstrate physical endurance;
    • towing overturned articulated vehicles;
    • be aware of the machine's limits;
    • set costs of the stopped vehicle;
    • towing vehicles from the middle of the bed and above the carriageway;
    • send detour message to switchboard;
    • lift loads;
    • inform yourself about geographic and topographical features of the destination;
    • note information in the logbook;
    • identify surface irregularities;
    • turn on the water valve and compression lever at the same time;
    • check the vehicle's maximum load limit;
    • tie cargo;
    • transport live loads in cage;
    • inspect electrical parts;
    • charge, from shipper or customer, proper place for loading and unloading;
    • estimate freight costs on unpaved roads;
    • operate forklift with multiple functions;
    • report arrival at the switchboard;
    • activate the support of the military road police;
    • respect the limits of your physical strength;
    • inspect water and oil;
    • communicate the arrival and departure of the customer to the central;
    • transport perishable food in refrigerated trucks;
    • remove passenger vehicles on hang gliders and platform;
    • operate water truck;
    • transport grain in bulk trucks;
    • calculate freight price ton / km;
    • towing vehicle with broken gimbal;
    • demonstrate consistency;
    • check the position of the animals in the cage;
    • control concrete unloading time;
    • examine cargo stowage;
    • define stay (time granted for loading and unloading);
    • control concrete unloading;
    • inspect winch equipment;
    • clear public roads and highways;
    • define proper times for loading and unloading;


    Sectors that hire Light truck driver the most in the job market

    • road transport of cargo, except dangerous goods and removals, intercity, interstate and international
    • special artworks construction
    • road cargo transport
    • road transport of dangerous goods
    • building highways and railways
    • general building material retail trade
    • construction of dams and dams for electric power generation
    • sugar cane cultivation
    • agricultural support activities
    • soybean growing




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