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Fuel Truck Driver Salary

A big portion of take-home pay for Fuel Truck Drivers — over a third, in fact — arrives through commissions. This profession's median overall income is approximately $41K. Cash earnings for Fuel Truck Drivers — including $3K in bonuses and $3K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $30K to $63K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,782 - $71,318
(Median)
$31K
$50K
$71K
MEDIAN: $49,600
10%
50%
90%

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$13.07 - $22.49
(Median)
$13
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,782 - $71,318  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,010  
Profit Sharing
$39.15 - $2,576  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,005 - $62,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.07 - $22.49  
   
Overtime
$18.01 - $32.03  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,010  
   
Profit Sharing
$39.15 - $2,576  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$30,005 - $62,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 558
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Job Description for Fuel Truck Driver

A fuel truck driver is required to safely operate a tank wagon or tractor trailer with hazardous materials. At all times, these drivers must know and follow all required safety regulations, including in inclement weather. The ability to install chains on tires in ice, snow, mud, or rain is mandatory to manage driving in such weather. Fuel truck drivers must possess a working knowledge of different pump, hose, and wrench sizes and methods of operation, as filling and emptying are required on pickup and delivery. Overnight driving is not typically mandatory, but often shifts of 14 or more hours are expected (with at least 11 hours driving included).

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Fuel Truck Driver Tasks

  • Keep accurate driving log and may be responsible for general truck maintenance.
  • Transport, deliver and pickup goods or equipment by heavy truck.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Fuel Truck Driver


Offering only $34K on average, Ferrellgas seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $29K on the lower end and $57K on the higher end.


Fuel Truck Drivers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in tanker, hazmat, Safety Compliance, and Driver/Core Development are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service and CDL. Hazmat and Safety Compliance are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Fuel Truck Driver

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Fuel Truck Drivers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $38K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $41K. Fuel Truck Drivers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $45K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Fuel Truck Driver Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Fuel Truck Driver Salaries

tanker
up arrow 7%

hazmat
up arrow 5%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 2%

CDL
up arrow 10%

Customer Service
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 22%
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