Private chauffeurs help people get where they want to go, whether it’s to the office, the local shopping mall or a social event. A private chauffeur is either hired full time by one employer, or he may work for a company that hires him to drive for a number of different clients. Chauffeurs must know their way around town, and not get flustered, since customer service is a high priority in this position.
The average annual salary for a private chauffeur in 2010 was $22,440, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. The salary breaks down to $10.79 per hour. The lowest 10 percent of private chauffeurs made an average of $16,480 annually. The top 10 percent made more than $36,450 annually on average. All of these figures include money earned from tips, usually a factor when private chauffeurs work for a variety of people, and not just one employer.
Private chauffeurs in the District of Columbia made the highest salary at $35,090 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nevada comes in with a close second, at $31,740 on average per year. Connecticut, the state with the third-highest concentration of jobs, offers an annual mean wage of $29,210. States that offered the highest number of jobs did not pay the highest. New York had 14,100 jobs and paid an average of $30,320 annually, while California, with 12,290 jobs, paid an average of $24,690 annually.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for private chauffeurs is expected to lessen due to corporate travel reduction. This is due, in part, to corporations taking a more environmentally friendly approach to various modes of transportation. Also, the ability of people to work from home instead of going into the office every day, thanks to super-fast Internet and other technical advances, may also reduce the need for daily travel to and from the office. On a positive note, the industry experiences high turnover, so job openings should become available fairly often. Large metropolitan areas experiencing high economic growth may also be a source for increased job openings.
Educational requirements for private chauffeurs are minimal, with many bringing a high school diploma or GED certificate to the job along with a current driver’s license. If you work for a chauffeuring company, it typically will provide a short period of training that takes up to two weeks to complete. In some cities, this type of training is required by law. A clean driving record with no DUIs or traffic tickets helps private chauffeurs secure the job. A knack for providing excellent customer service and flexibility in scheduling make a chauffeur highly employable.