Newspaper Boy Job Description

By Sam Amico

The job of a newspaper boy, or delivery boy, is to deliver the newspaper to homes in and around his neighborhood. Despite the job title, the newspaper "boy" is often a girl.

Early Delivery

After being printed, newspapers intended for home delivery are driven by van to the home of the newspaper boy, usually by 4 or 5 a.m.

Organization

Newspaper boys are provided with addresses of the houses that receive the newspapers.

Timeliness

Once the bundles of papers have been dropped off, newspaper boys are expected to deliver the papers right away, usually by 6 a.m. for morning editions.

Hours

Depending on the size of the neighborhood route, newspaper boys rarely spend more than an hour or two delivering papers.

Pay

Newspaper delivery boys typically earn less than minimum wage from their employer, but they often get tips and bonuses from customers when they collect on the bill.

About the Author

Sam Amico is a reporter for NBA.com and worked as a writer and editor at daily newspapers for more than a decade, covering everything from rock concerts to college football to courts and crime. He attended Kent State University and is the author of the book, "A Basketball Summer." He also is the co-host of a nationally-syndicated television show, "The Wine & Gold Zone."