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Driver: Prepare for heavy lifting ... and kids!

Movies portray drivers as muscled hunks packing heat. But the reality is, today's driver is more likely to be packing canines, Happy Meals or furniture.

Leigh says newly hired drivers often experience job shock.

"What many drivers don't realize is they really wind up becoming a house man, which is someone who helps within the house. It's, 'Hey, go get the driver because we need to move this sofa.' Guess what? You're going to do it. Even baby-sitting," she says.

Again, it's that "no" thing.

While a few employers might request that a driver also provide security, it's far from the norm these days. There is still a gender bias to the job, but not for the reasons you might expect.

"The reason that women don't get the job as a driver is because he doubles-up doing heavy lifting," Leigh says. "It's about strength, not gender."

Salary: Leigh says drivers typically start at $60,000 minimum, depending on their hours and whether they are live-in. Berube puts the range at $80,000 to $150,000, with the upper end providing security as well. Simply Hired puts the national average for private chauffeurs at $103,000.


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