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Fuel Truck Driver Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Fuel Truck Drivers in the United States, bringing in about $17.05 per hour. Total cash compensation for Fuel Truck Drivers runs from $29K to $61K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Although about one in four lack health benefits of any kind, most do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly more than half get dental coverage, too. For the most part, Fuel Truck Drivers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Fuel Truck Driver Salary (?
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$30,007 - $70,493
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $47,946
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Fuel Truck Driver Salary (?
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$12.80 - $22.19
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,007 - $70,493  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,935  
Profit Sharing
$39.45 - $5,068  
Commission
$1,150 - $18,100  
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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$29,260 - $60,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 175
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.80 - $22.19  
   
Overtime
$18.03 - $31.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,935  
   
Commission
$1,150 - $18,100  
Profit Sharing
$39.45 - $5,068  
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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$29,260 - $60,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 562
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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

The biggest paychecks can be found at AmeriGas Propane, Inc. — the median salary there is $39K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $26K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $60K. For Fuel Truck Drivers, below-average salaries can be found at Ferrellgas; in fact, typical earnings are around $34K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($30K versus $57K) is great. Workers at AmeriGas Propane, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field.

Fuel Truck Drivers typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in hazmat, Safety Compliance, CDL, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Fuel Truck Drivers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $39K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Fuel Truck Drivers make a median salary of $42K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Fuel Truck Driver generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $44K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a little more than half of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under one in three of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining nearly one in six.

Pay Difference By Location

Denver
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Syracuse
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Los Angeles
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Tampa
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Phoenix
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National Average
$41,000
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For Fuel Truck Drivers, working in the bustling city of Denver has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Syracuse, Los Angeles, Tampa, and Phoenix, where Fuel Truck Drivers typically earn around 27 percent, 14 percent, 3 percent, and 1 percent more than usual.

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Experience Affects Fuel Truck Driver Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%
Experienced
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National Average
$41,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Fuel Truck Driver Salaries

hazmat
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Safety Compliance
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National Average
$41,000
CDL
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 26%