CHAUFFEURS operate limousines, vans, and private cars for limousine companies, businesses, government agencies, and wealthy individuals. Chauffeurs transport customers in large vans between hotels and airports, and bus or train terminals. Some provide full-time personal transportation for wealthy families and private companies. Chauffeurs cater to their passengers with attentive service and a special regard for detail. They hold open doors, load packages and luggage into the trunk, hold umbrellas, and run errands. They inspect the vehicle for cleanliness and, when needed, vacuum the interior and wash the exterior. Chauffeurs may perform routine maintenance and make small repairs, such as changing tires or adding oil when needed.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $36,500 average per year ($17.50 per hour)
- A large occupation (161,900 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.6% per year)
Persons interested in being a CHAUFFEUR and driving a limousine must have a regular driver's license before they can get a chauffeur's license. Local authorities generally require applicants for a chauffeur's license to pass a written examination or complete a training program. Local governments set license standards and requirements for chauffeurs. Most regions have minimum qualifications for driving experience and training. Many limousine companies set higher standards than the ones required by law. It is common for an applicant's medical, credit, criminal, and driver's record to be reviewed. In addition, many companies require a higher minimum age and prefer that drivers have at least a high school diploma.