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Fuel Truck Driver Salary

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (more than a third) of final income for Fuel Truck Drivers. That final number averages out to $41K across the industry. Total cash earnings of Fuel Truck Drivers range from $30K on the low end to $63K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $3K and $3K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career duration and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. The majority of Fuel Truck Drivers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just over one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,929 - $71,061
(Median)
$31K
$50K
$71K
MEDIAN: $49,808
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90%

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$13.07 - $22.37
(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
$30,929 - $71,061  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,002  
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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$30,058 - $62,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 189
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 - $22.37  
   
Overtime
$18.01 - $31.87  
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 - $3,002  
   
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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$30,058 - $62,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Offering a median salary of only $34K, Ferrellgas gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $29K to $57K isn't that wide, either.


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills 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. Experience with hazmat is often linked with knowledge of Safety Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Fuel Truck Driver

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $38K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $41K. Fuel Truck Drivers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Fuel Truck Driver generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $45K.

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Experience Affects Fuel Truck Driver Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

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 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: 22%
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