Fuel Truck Driver Salary

Commissions constitute a big slice (more than a third on average) of overall compensation for Fuel Truck Drivers, and the median take-home for this group lies near $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. While experience level and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly more than a fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,539 - $71,253
(Median)
$31K
$49K
$71K
MEDIAN: $49,490
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90%

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$13.12 - $22.54
(Median)
$13
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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
$30,539 - $71,253  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,017  
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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$30,010 - $62,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 193
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.12 - $22.54  
   
Overtime
$18.04 - $31.99  
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.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,017  
   
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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$30,010 - $62,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 574
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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


Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Ferrellgas offers the lowest median salary at $34K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $29K and $57K.

Popular Skills for Fuel Truck Driver


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in hazmat, tanker, Safety Compliance, and Driver/Core Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service and CDL. Many workers who know hazmat also know Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Fuel Truck Driver

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $39K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $41K on average. Fuel Truck Drivers bring in $43K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Fuel Truck Driver generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $46K.

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Experience Affects Fuel Truck Driver Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Fuel Truck Driver Salaries

hazmat
up arrow 13%

tanker
up arrow 6%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000

Driver/Core Development
up arrow 2%

CDL
up arrow 10%

Customer Service
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 23%
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