Big Bucks for Chauffeurs

LCT Magazine
Posted on February 9, 2009
GREAT JOBS: Are chauffeurs in New York City really making $75,000 to $125,000 a year, as one anonymous chauffeur told the New York Times? Former police officers who double as body guards can make this kind of dough, the story says. And these drivers carry guns. Perhaps this reference is to private drivers for wealthy customers or corporate executives. Chauffeurs working full time in New York for operators are going to be making about $60,000 to $80,000 (tips included) in this market, according to the LCT Fact Book survey and what we've been told. For hire operators do have a small number of chauffeurs making even more money, but they usually work long weeks and have a handful of long-term loyal wealthy customers.  -- J.L.

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Comments ( 1 )
  • Frrank Cicero

     | about 9 years ago

    Lets straighten out some facts in your LCT fact book... In NYC private chauffeurs who are retired NYPD officers are hired not because of their firearm primarly, it is the police sheild that carries weight. No parking tickets and the freedom to park anywhere any time which is the ultimate service that his/her employer wants.Affluent people are not the most generous but they will pay to have premium service that entails safety and privacy at their finger tips.Secondly non NYPD private chauffeurs who earn more than 75,0000 a year plus benefits are working long hours, that is flexible and have little to no social life.That fact is for most but not all,a small percentage do enjoy resonable perks and treated very well.Lastly chauffeurs who work for mid to large companies earning more than 50,000 inclusive of graduity are doing so for the following reasons : seasoned chauffeurs who have a "book" of clients received additional pay plus a peferred treament by management, or companies honor requests and obilgate dispatchers to ensure client requests.or a chauffeur is "paying" for his/her premium work or a chauffeur is working at least 12 hours a day and 6 days a week hoping for the best. I am a seasoned chauffeur with 20 plus years and anybody in my shoes will attest to the above facts.

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