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Fuel Truck Driver Salary

The median total income of Fuel Truck Drivers is around $41K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (over a third, in fact) comes from commissions. Total cash compensation to Fuel Truck Drivers bottoms out near $30K and approaches $63K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $3K from bonuses and almost $3K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Job satisfaction for Fuel Truck Drivers is high. Some workers in this field — just under a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,686 - $70,928
(Median)
$31K
$50K
$71K
MEDIAN: $49,638
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90%

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$13.01 - $22.25
(Median)
$13
$17
$22
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
$30,686 - $70,928  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,983  
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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$29,914 - $62,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 186
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$13.01 - $22.25  
   
Overtime
$18.15 - $31.90  
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 - $2,983  
   
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).
)
$29,914 - $62,553  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 552

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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.


Fuel Truck Drivers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in tanker, hazmat, 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.

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $39K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. Fuel Truck Drivers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $43K. Fuel Truck Drivers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $45K.

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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 9%

hazmat
up arrow 6%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 3%

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 116 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: 23%